Supreme Commander leaves the door open for post-retirement political career

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Gen. Tharnchaiyan Srisuwan.
Gen. Tharnchaiyan Srisuwan.

Bangkok – Thailand’s Supreme Commander has confirmed security plans are in place to handle any political challenges which make develop in May. Meanwhile he stopped short of denying speculation about his own political career after retirement.

Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Tharnchaiyan Srisuwan, said that the National Council for Peace and Order is standing ready to ensure peace and order should there be any political disturbance on the fourth anniversary of the 2014 military coup in May.

Gen. Tharnchaiyan assured the public that all related units have measures ready for implementation if required, while confirming that all plans are in accordance with the law.

He added that the Royal Thai Army is in a position to support the government and act according to government policies.

When asked if he plans to join a political party that Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha is reportedly planning to form, Gen. Tharnchaiyan said that whatever may happen after his retirement is a matter for the future.

In addition, the Supreme Commander said that he has not been informed about a report, which claims Thailand is one of nine countries likely to host peace talks between the United States and North Korea. However, he played down the speculation and said that Thailand should not be the venue for the talks, which is set to happen next month, as there has not been any preparation for it, so far.