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BANGKOK, July 15 (Xinhua) --
Thailand's caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Saturday denied that he
planned to remove Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin as the army commander-in-chief.
Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra attends a
meeting at the Government House in Bangkok July 13, 2006. Thailand's
Constitutional Court has agreed to consider legal cases that could lead to
the dissolution of the ruling party and the main opposition over charges
of electoral fraud.(Xinhua/Rueters
The prime minister said in a regular radio program on
Saturday that the transfer of top military posts has to be agreed upon by the
Defense Council, which has to decide whether to rotate positions among the armed
Thaksin said there will be three top positions vacant
and the Defense Council would have to make decisions on how to rotate positions
among top military officers to fill the posts. The three posts are supreme
commander, permanent secretary for defense and armed forces inspector-general.
"I have no idea about the rotation and no one talks
to me about it. I ordered no one about the reshuffle because I regard it's
responsibility of the Defense Council," Thaksin said.
Thailand's Supreme Commander Gen. Ruengroj
Mahasaranont warned the armed forces on Thursday to prepare for a political
crisis as Thaksin had ordered an early military reshuffle to shore up his
political security. Some reports said that Gen. Sonthi will be displaced by a
classmate of the Prime Minister. Enditem
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BANGKOK, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Supreme
Commander Gen. Ruengroj Mahasaranont has warned the armed forces to prepare for
apolitical crisis, as the caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra ordered an
early military reshuffle to shore up his political security, local media Friday
Gen. Ruengroj on Thursday met with air force chief
Chalit Pukpasuk, navy chief Sathiraphan Keyanont, police chief Kit Wattana and
army chief-of-staff Sophon Silpipat, and told them to be wary of the political
situation and warned of a possible political crisis, armed forces spokesman
Palangkun Klaharn was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying.
The supreme commander also urged
the armed forces and police to monitor the situation closely and keep social
order, Palangkun said. Full story>>
Thai court to decide five parties'
BANGKOK, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The Constitutional
Court of Thailand on Thursday formally accepted a landmark case against the
country's five political parties that could lead to their dissolution, further
adding to the country's current political confusion and delaying a planned
"The Constitutional Court panel of judges has decided
to accept the case against the five parties," said the court's
secretary-general, Paiboon Walahapaithoon.
The court's 15 judges agreed in a closed-door meeting
on Thursday to accept the case which could lead to the parties' dissolution,
All the five parties have 15 days to defend
themselves after the court send them the charges they face.
Thailand's Office of the
Attorney-General (OAG) formally forwarded the charge to the Constitutional Court
early July, alleging that five parties, namely the ruling Thai Rak Thai (TRT)
Party, the Democrat Party, Prachatipatai Kaona Party, Patana Chat Thai Party and
Thai Ground Party, committed election fraud, which could lead to the dissolution
of all the five parties. Full story>>