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Mixed reports on possible coup

May 30, 2008

Conflicting reports on possible coup

There are mixed reports over the possibility of a military coup in Thailand amidst growing opposition to the government’s attempt to rewrite the constitution.
The Associated Press reported that Thailand's military commander has indicated that a coup is possible as tensions mount over a government minister accused of insulting the king.

Supreme Military Commander Gen. Boonsang Niempradit was quoted by AP as telling reporters Thursday that "no soldier wants to stage a coup to topple the government but I cannot guarantee" that there will not be one.

The army and opposition parties have escalated their attacks on Jakrapob Penkair, a minister attached to the prime minister's office accused of insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In a report by the Thai News Agency, Gen. Boonsang Niempradit was quoted as ruling out the possibility of a coup amidst the current mounting political turmoil, saying it is unwise for any person to do that now.

"We believe nobody dares to stage a coup because it is unwise to do that now," TNA quoted him as saying.

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