By Thai Newsroom Reporters
NEWLY-NAMED DEFENCE MINISTER Suthin Khlangsaeng is scrambling to consult some of his predecessors and former army chiefs in an effort to better deal with the military, a partisan source said today (Sep.3).
As a civilian member of cabinet in charge of the Ministry of Defence, Suthin will shortly seek advice from the likes of former defence minister Sukampol Suwannathat, former army chiefs Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, who was also a former prime minister, and Chettha Thanajaro as well as former deputy army chief Wichit Yathip.
Suthin who concurrently performs as Pheu Thai MP has recently held informal talk with one of his predecessors, namely Thammarak Issarangkun na Ayudhya, over ways and means to be practically compatible with the top brass and yet to keep them from possibly staging coups, the source said.
However, the current defence minister has not as yet planned to consult any other of his predecessors or former army chiefs such as the likes of de facto Ruam Thai Sang Chart boss/former prime minister/former army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha or Palang Pracharath leader/former defence minister/former army chief Prawit Wongsuwan or former interior minister/former army chief Anupong Paojinda, all previously known as a powerful Sam Por trio.
Civilians who had earlier assumed the seat of defence minister included former prime ministers Chuan Leekpai and Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra, both of whom had been deposed in separate coups.
Top and Front Page: Newly-appointed Defence Minister Suthin Khlangsaeng. Both photos: Thai Rath