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Coup-making body ends role, paving way for elected govt


January 23, 2008

Coup-making body ends role, paving way for elected govt

Thailand's Council for National Security (CNS), which staged a bloodless coup to oust prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006, has ended its powerful role alongside an appointed Surayud Chulanont  government now that an elected government has begun to take form following the nationwide contests for MP seats last month.

CNS spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the military junta is now dissolved and the military chiefs will no longer meet on a regular or weekly basis. However, informal talks among the top brass might be held over breakfast at the army headquarters on Mondays or Tuesdays. But such informal talks will not be held on a regular or weekly basis.

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However, the CNS will not make any statement to depict its performance since the 2006 coup, he said.

The spokesman said the military would not conduct another coup in the future and will welcome the speculated return of the former prime minister to Thailand so that he would fight in court against charges of corruption and abuse of power.

Col Sansern said the return to Bangkok of Mr Thaksin would be considered as a starting point of national reconciliatory effort.

A meeting between Air Force Chief ACM Chalit Pukbhasuk and members of the Assets Examination Committee, which had lodged varied charges against Mr. Thaksin and his family, should not be considered a thank-you party, the CNS spokesman said.

Courtesy TNA

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