General Chalermchai Sutthisart, commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army
Suthep’s no-election call won’t hurt reconciliation: Army chief
June 19, 2017 15:18 By The Nation
The Army chief on Monday shrugged off a remark by pro-junta veteran politician Suthep Thaugsuban, who claims that the country is not ready for an election any time soon.
General Chalermchai Sutthisart, commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army, said that he did not think such a remark would affect the ongoing efforts to achieve national reconciliation.
Chalermchai said his duty as a member of the government’s reconciliation building committee was to gather suggestions from the public as to how reconciliation could be achieved.
He was asked to comment on a remark by Suthep, chairman of the People’s Democratic Reform Foundation, who said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha should be allowed to complete the reform work before a new election is held.
Suthep reportedly said Thailand is not ready for an election any time soon and threatened to hold a street protest if an election is called “too early”.
“That’s only Suthep’s opinion. I have the duty of collecting suggestions about reconciliation,” the Army chief said.