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Old powers try to bring back 'dysfunctional state'

General Prayuth, the NCPO chief, said Friday that there were still efforts by "old powers and influence groups" to "bring us back to the dysfunctional state we were in".

He said they were "trying to come back in and change things back to the way they were by using social movements, especially those linked to the poor or those with low income. If we let things go on as they did the old way, it is likely that Thailand will have much to suffer in the future. Accordingly, this will also slow down the country's development."

Prayuth was speaking during his weekly TV programme "Returning Happiness to the People" broadcast nationwide Friday night.

However, he said changes for the better have been made after the NCPO seized power. "People were unable to travel because of the protests and the use of weapons and conflict was present everywhere. Now the country is peaceful and order has been restored. Citizens respect the law."


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