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Why not accept martial law as the status quo?

Re: "Coup was most practical reason for recent crisis", Letters, July 21

Songdej Praditsmanont tried to convince me that a coup benefits the country. If it does so, why not legitimise it?

Through the constitution, let's empower army chief to declare martial law, disband parliament and the cabinet and suspend the constitution if certain conditions are met. During the "vacuum" period, let the Army chief assume absolute power and stay for, say, three years, before bringing back the charter and arranging an election.

This way we won't have coups to scare tourists away and don't have to send a guy on a world tour after every coup to lobby for support. The US and the EU would leave us alone, because it's not a coup - it's a condition specified by the constitution. And we don't have to write a new constitution every time the military takes over the country.

Somsak Pola

Samut Prakarn


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