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Yingluck tells top brass to instruct military personnel to check voting rights

Caretaker Prime Minister and Defence Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told the top brass to instruct their subordinates to check their voting rights, a well-informed source said on Thursday.

Yingluck gave the instruction while chairing a meeting of the Defence Council at the Royal Thai Air Force headquarters.

Defence Council meeting are usually held at the Defence Ministry but as this is often surrounded by protesters, Yingluck opted to move to the Air Force.

Yingluck also told the top brass to take good care of weapons and ensure they could not be stolen,

Attending the meeting were caretaker Deputy Defence Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapha, Permanent Secretary for Defence Gen Nipat Thonglek, Supreme Commander Gen General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm Narong Pipatanasai, Air Force Commander-in-Chief ACM Prajin Juntong and other senior military officers.

According to the source, the meeting discussed the scope of military authority in enforcing the emergency decree and its role in helping police keep order at night.

The military leaders were told to help monitor against more bomb attacks and warned to be careful when making public statements.




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