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Army chief dismisses rumours of impending coup – VIDEO

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Thailand’s Army chief Narongpan Jitkaewthae has described the chances of a coup as, “less than zero”, insisting the current political unrest can only be solved by political means. Pro-democracy activists continue to put pressure on the government, repeating their demands for the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, a charter (constitution) re-write and reform of the role of the country’s revered Monarchy.

Addressing reporters yesterday, Narongpan insisted a coup was not a possibility. The army chief also defended the police’s crackdown on Sunday’s protest, when water cannons were once again used at a pro-democracy rally.

“If everyone is sensible and considers the issue from all angles, then we will know what to do.”

Despite the army chief’s denial, with the government continuing to ignore protesters’ demands, rumours of a coup continue to spread online. According to a Nation Thailand report, some point to the fact that the PM gave the same assurances when he was army chief in 2014, just months before the military went on to stage a coup and install him as PM.

Anti-government protesters insist they will strongly rebel against any coup attempt. The Free Youth group says a coup will never be the solution, adding that coups only serve to sweep issues under the carpet.

Protest leader and human rights lawyer, Anon Nampa, says another coup would be a disaster. He says he doesn’t believe the army would choose this route, as it would mean doing away with the current charter, potentially paving the way for a different party to provide a more democratic one. The current constitution was drafted by the PM’s administration and forbids the overthrowing of the democratic system.

“The solution must be via a compromise, as His Majesty the King said, but when or how it will happen remains unknown, and meanwhile, the 2 sides are trying to prevent loss of life. So, we must keep working and find a solution together.”

On November 1, His Majesty, King Vajiralongkorn, delivered a rare response to a question from a UK reporter in a brief ‘door stop’ interview, when the King described Thailand as, “the land of compromise”.

Meanwhile, the government is suggesting the formation of a national reconciliation committee to break the current political deadlock. Activists and opposition parties say this as merely a delaying tactic, but Gothom Arya, an adviser to Mahidol University’s Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, says he’s supportive of the proposal.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    SG666

    November 10, 2020 at 10:50 am

    The Army is in power so why they should look for a coup anyway. As long as uncle pinocchio takes care of the senior generals a coup would be stupid as they would cut the hand which feeds them.

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    Ynwaps

    November 10, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Armed forces around the world. Special forces in occupying and killing civilians. Need more of those.

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    Fabian

    November 10, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    When a person says the chance of a coup is “less than zero” that sounds very suspicious to me. As if trying to overcompensate to hide a lie. But we will have to see.

    Not only will a coup sweep issues under the carpet. I’m afraid Thailand might up ravaged like Hong Kong. Situation is very different from the past. We live in times where governments are capable and ready to turn into police/surveillance states. It’s happening in Hong Kong. I’m sure the Thai youth is very well aware of that, and will resist. They should resist.

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      Ynwaps

      November 10, 2020 at 9:23 pm

      Stalin approves

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Court acquits PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, allowing him to stay on at military residence

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will be staying in office and at his military residence. Bangkok’s Constitutional Court ruled today that the prime minister and former Thai general and commander of the Thai Army has not violated the charter by occupying a military-owned residence. The court says under military regulations, former officers can remain at their Army residence after their retirement at the discretion of the Thai Army commander.

Pro-democracy protesters have been pushing on Prayut to resign since July, along with calling for a rewrite of the 2017 Constitution together with reform of the government and role of the monarchy. Recently, Prayut was accused of violating the Constitution by staying at an official Army residence, rent-free, after his ‘retirement’ as General Prayut in 2014. Some say the tenancy represents a conflict of interest and the prime minister was abusing his power. A guilty ruling would’ve potentially put an end to his premiership.

Sections 184 and 186 of the Thai Constitution forbid a government minister from “receiving any special money or benefit from a government agency, state agency or state enterprise apart from that given by the government agency, state agency or state enterprise to other persons in the ordinary course of business.”

Prayut told the court that he was staying at the residence at the First Infantry Battalion of Royal Guards because his home in Baan Phitsanulok was being renovated and that his security team suggested he live at the Army residence for safety, a source told Nation Thailand.

Similar housing has been provided to former Army chiefs who are now members of the Cabinet, Privy Council and Parliament, according to the Royal Thai Army. They add that the residence was provided to Prayut because the prime minister “deserves the honour and security it provides.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Court to deliver verdict on PM’s military residence this afternoon

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Security is expected to be extremely tight at Bangkok’s Constitutional Court today, as the ruling in the matter of the PM’s residence is delivered. Prayut Chan-o-cha is accused of violating army rules by occupying a military residence rent-free, despite having retired from the army in 2014. Critics say his tenancy represents a conflict of interest. Should the court agree with them, it will spell the end of his premiership, something pro-democracy protesters have been calling for since July.

Thai PBS World reports that the court has issued a statement to confirm that only approved parties will be allowed in the courtroom, including the PM, the complainant, and relevant lawyers and officials. The case was brought earlier this year, following a request from the leader of the Pheu Thai opposition party, Sompong Amornwiwat. The court has confirmed the verdict will be broadcast on its You Tube channel from around 3pm, meaning the public can watch it live.

Bangkok authorities are apprehensive about potential unrest should some parties disagree with the court’s findings. Piya Tavichai from the Metropolitan Police Bureau has confirmed that hundreds of police officers will be on duty, in and around the court buildings, with the front entrance already sealed off. A planned rally by the anti-government protest group, Ratsadon, has now been switched to the Lad Phrao Intersection, in the Chatuchak district of the capital.

We’ll all know the decision around 3pm this afternoon.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Election Commission to investigate charges that Progressive Movement is run as a political party

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Political activist Srisuwan Janya is accusing the Progressive Movement of being run like a political party, with its leaders campaigning for members in local elections, in violation of the Political Party Act. The claim has prompted the Election Commission to launch an investigation into the movement.

The movement was formed by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Piyabutr Saengkanokkul and Pannika Wanich, after their former party, the Future Forward Party, was disbanded by the Constitutional Court. The movement was ostensibly created to carry out political campaigning outside of Parliament.

However, Srisuwan says that by campaigning for its members in local mayoral and council elections, the movement is acting like a political party, thereby breaking the law. If found guilty, Thanathorn, Piyabutr, and Pannika could receive a sentence of up to 3 years’ imprisonment and/or a 60,000 baht fine, as well as being banned from politics for 5 years. The movement’s members could also face having their election results cancelled, and their right to stand in future elections suspended.

The leaders of the defunct Future Forward Party have been a thorn in the side of the ruling administration for some time, with several attempts to discredit them eventually leading to a successful dissolution in late 2019, on charges of accepting illegitimate donations. Since then, they have been threatened with potential legal action in relation to donations, with others accusing them of orchestrating the ongoing anti-government protests from behind the scenes.

Meanwhile, anti-corruption activist Srisuwan Janya has already earned the nickname, “Complainer in Chief”, for what many see as a tendency to lodge frequent complaints in his efforts to hold government and others to account.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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