Suthep dismisses another coup rumor

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BANGKOK, 28 March 2011 (NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister overseeing Security Affairs Suthep Thaugsuban has dismissed a rumoured coup d’état before the upcoming house dissolution, stressing that all sides must walk towards a new election. 

Mr Suthep stated that the political situation would become clearer very soon since Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had already confirmed to all sides that he would dissolve the house. He believed that in the present situation nobody would consent to anyone to impede a new election.

The deputy prime minister reaffirmed that there would be no military coup d’état since military leaders also want to see Thailand being ruled under the democratic system and move forward peacefully.

Mr Suthep also dismissed as misunderstanding a report that Prime Minister Abhisit had challenge ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to a debate. He clarified that the prime minister just wanted to ask political party leaders, especially the opposition Pheu Thai Party to join the debate.

The deputy prime minister explained that the debate would provide party leaders with an opportunity to present viewpoints and visions to the public on television, to make it easy for people to decide which of the party they would support.

Mr Suthep noted that the Pheu Thai Party can send either its leader or the person whom the party wants to be the next prime minister, to participate in the show. He said his Democrat Party certainly cannot give comments on who should be the leader of the Pheu Thai Party.