“When we talk about the military, it includes the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. Their duties are not involved with politics. I think it is good to differentiate them from political arena,” Abhisit said during a radio interview.
“No grudge should be specially held against either politicians or military people,” he added.
“In principle, they both can serve the country.”
Abhisit was commenting after Prayut admitted his political status for the first time since assuming the premiership more than three years ago. The premier's comments also elicited another backlash against the recently embattled regime.
The retired general had repeatedly distanced himself from politicians, whom he often called the cause of the country’s “accumulating problems”.
The ruling junta has been seen by political observers as weakening traditional politicians and parties, including Prayut's most recent invocation of Article 44, requiring existing parties to “update” their entire membership lists.
While Prayut had confirmed that the election would be held “following the road map”, while stipulating further conditions in the order, he should also declare that the junta would ensure that the timeline would be followed strictly, Abhisit said.
“If there is any necessity [to postpone the election], it should be stated clearly so everyone can rest assured about [Prayut's] honesty,” he added.
Published : January 04, 2018
By : The Nation