Nuttawut calls on Army chief to declare stand over Suthep's plan to seize power
April 08, 2014 00:00 By The Nation
Caretaker Deputy Commerce Minister Nuttawut Saikuar Tuesday called on the Army chief to declare his stand over the announcement by protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban about seizing state power.
Nuttawut demanded that Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Prahyuth Chan-ocha spell out clearly whether he would tolerate such an action by Suthep, the secretary general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.
Suthep has said if caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is ousted by a ruling of the Constitutional Court, he will lead a mass rally to carry out a people’s revolution to seize power.
“If Suthep is successful, will the Army chief allow Suthep to appoint himself as the highest power in the country?” Nuttawut asked.
“Will the Army chief be ready to report to Suthep and lead the Army to be under Suthep’s command unconditionally?”
Nuttawut said Suthep would never be able to seize power without help from the military.
“No one in this country will allow Suthep to tear up the Constitution and seize power for himself. It’s therefore important for the military to clarify whether it has promised whether to support Suthep’s plan.”