Thailand army chief says no one can order him to stage a coup: Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha of Thailand says that no one can force him to stage a coup, and that he will not listen to anyone outside the army or any orders that breach army rules and regulations, according to reports.
General Prayuth was responding to a report that said many senior figures had pressured the army to stage a coup in order to bring Thailand out of the ongoing political deadlock.
“I am a grown up person. Nobody can force me to do anything. I work according to the rules and regulations and will not do anything beyond the limits,” the army chief said.
Responding to a question as to whether he had received letters from senior figures and former military leaders, General Prayuth replied that many people send letters to the army and he left it to the army’s secretariat to reply to them, according to a Bangkok Post report.
“Thanks for every opinion and for concerns for the army. The army belongs to all people,” the chief said.
In responding to a report that a group of former militarymen, including former supreme commander Gen Saiyud Kerdpol and former army chief Gen Wimol Wongwanich, had spoken on a video clip suggesting a military coup as a way out of the political deadlock, Gen Prayuth said they are all retirees who sometimes meet and exchange opinions out of concern for the country’s wellbeing.
“They have not interfered in our work or told us to do anything, other than giving us moral support,” the army chief said.
When asked to comment on the February 2 election, Gen Prayuth replied that it was somewhat satisfactory, and the situation did not turn worse as expected.
“There were no losses. Nobody died. But I would rather not say whether I approve of the election”.