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No military coup to settle Thai political crisis: Navy chief

English.news.cn   2013-12-04 18:17:16            

BANGKOK, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- A top Thai military leader reassured on Wednesday that no military coup will be in the making to overthrow an elected government or put an end to Thailand's current political crisis.

Navy chief Adm Narong Pipatanasai categorically dismissed hearsay that the military leaders might possibly do a fresh coup to defuse the political crisis caused by anti-government street protests since last month.

"We've already learned lessons from a previous coup and we do not want to repeat it. We're taking an appropriate stand and we are not going to play a leading role...The current political situation is not coming to a dead-end. There would be a way-out," the admiral said but did not elaborate.

He was referring to 2006's coup which ousted former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, the exiled brother of Lady Premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

Adm Narong called on independent academics, political figures and other members of the public to help find way-outs to the political crisis, saying that the professional military have had no experience or knowledge about political affairs and could not offer any solution to it.

He denied that the military leaders, including army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, air force chief ACM Prajin Juntong and himself, had compelled Yingluck and protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban into holding a dialogue in their presence on Sunday.

The informal talk between Yingluck and Suthep appeared to have ended up in deadlocks as the lady premier commented that the proposed setting up of "the people's council" and naming of an unelected prime minister would obviously violate the constitution and laws while the former deputy premier insisted the mass protests would not stop even if the lady premier resigned or dissolved parliament.

However, the navy chief predicted that the situation would return to normal shortly. He did not elaborate.

Suthep vowed to resume the anti-government protests after nationwide celebrations for the Thai monarch's 85th birthday on Thursday because, he said, the protesters under guidance of the so- called People's Democratic Reform Committee had resolved to eradicate "Thaksin's rule," set up "the people's council" and find an unelected premier.

Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Suthep might come to further talks with the government on condition that he surrender to the police first, given arrest warrants already issued for him on rebellion and other criminal charges.

Surapong, who is concurrently foreign minister and head of the government's Center for Administration of Peace and Order, commented that Suthep's call for the making of an unelected premier in place of the elected one was merely his own imagination which, he said, was illegitimate and unconstitutional.

The police had fired tear gas and the protesters hurled giant firecrackers, plastic bombs and rocks outside the Government House and the metropolitan police headquarters where they had intended to occupy after having seized a complex of government units and several other government premises since last week.

The street unrests apparently ended on Tuesday but Suthep and ex-legislators of the opposition Democrat Party vowed to continue to protest from Friday.


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