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27 April 2008 :: 12:04:31 pm 28711

PM Says Anti-Constitutional Amendment Group Wants Military to Stage Coup

BANGKOK, April 27 - Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Sunday charged that the government‘s staunch critic, the People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), wants the military to stage a new coup.
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Speaking during his weekly TV and radio address, Mr. Samak, who also serves as Thailand’s defence minister, blasted the PAD for holding a seminar at Thammasat University on Friday, charging that they wanted to create chaos which would force the military to launch a coup.

“Let them think again,” he suggested.”But I believe it’s difficult because there’s no reason for launching a coup and the country is now at peace,” Mr. Samak commented. The PAD, which conducted street protests for months helped topple the elected government of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra by setting the scene for the military to conduct a coup d’etat in September 2006, held a seminar at the university on Friday evening to hear varied views of academics and former constitution drafters on the planned charter amendment, pushed by the People Power Party (PPP) led by Mr. Samak. The PAD charged that the government’s plan to amend the 2007 constitution could be interpreted as its attempt to block plans to dissolve three parties in the coalition government, including the PPP.

Executives of the Chart Thai and Matchimathipataya parties were disqualified for poll fraud and a PPP deputy leader faces trial.

Hundreds of people joined a pro-government demonstration on Friday near the university, shouting anti-PAD slogans.

Mr. Samak said he could not stop his party members from joining the pro-government demonstration and that they planned to meet again today at a hotel near the university.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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