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Army Chief says to ask PM about coup rumours

THE Commander of the Thai Army Gen. Apirat Kongsompong refused to directly answer a question on coup rumours and instead told reporters to go ask Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha about this hot issue, Thai Rath newspaper reported this afternoon (Sept. 9, 2020).

Asked whether he would, for the peace of mind of the Thai people, deny a coup will take place, Gen. Apirat simply replied, “go ask the Prime Minister, he is the Defence Minister, what answer did he give yesterday?”

When questioned about his visit to the training of the Rapid Deployment Force at the army tactical training field in Wang Nam Khiao district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, which triggered all sorts of rumours, Gen. Apirat simply replied that he had gone there to check this training.

He then pointed to one of the reporters and said, “ask yourself what was the Prime Minister’s answer yesterday?”

Meanwhile Prime Minister Prayut said during at a general debate in the House of Representatives today that people should not hate soldiers because they are their children and grandchildren and to try to give them some encouragement.

He also urged the MPs to not try to split soldiers from the general public, urging everyone to cooperate and make them proud of their chosen career.

Gen. Prayut also touched on talk about his daily life, focusing on him playing golf. He confirmed that he does not stop working and does not have a day off because today’s technology enables him to give orders wherever he may be.


Top: Gen. Apirat surrounded by reporters today. Photo: Thai Rath

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