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Military must choose 'the side of righteousness' say retired officers

A group of retired police and military officers Friday issued a statement, urging the military's top brass to choose "the side of righteousness" and demand the government implement political reforms, before holding elections on February 2.

The group also urged the current commander-in-chief of the armed forces to call for Yingluck Shinawatra's resignation as caretaker prime minister.

The group is led by former Air Force chief ACM Gun Pimarnthip, and former national police chief Pol Gen Pratin Santiprapop.

Also present at the press conference were Sqd Ldr Prasong Soonsiri, a former member of the constitution drafting assembly, and Lt Col Kamol Prachuapmoh, a former member of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Gun said his group of retired police and military officers had been monitoring the political situation for over a month. The group, he said, disagreed with the government's decision to dissolve the House and call a snap election before introducing reforms to the country.

He said it was impossible for the military to remain neutral in the current political conflict, and it should back the side that appears to be on the right path. If the current military leaders did nothing, the situation would end in violence, he added.

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