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Comparing Prayut and Thaksin ‘not appropriate’

Sep 09. 2017
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha
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By The sunday Nation

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha was not irritated by a recent survey showing the popularity and credibility of premiers over the past 15 years, but was concerned about the inclusion of a fugitive former prime minister, according to government spokesman Lt General Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

Sansern said including in the survey “an ex-prime minister who had been guilty of crimes and is now a fugitive might be inappropriate”.

“It could cause confusion to the people who might see that disrespecting the law and corruption are acceptable,” he said yesterday.

He was referring to a recently revealed survey by King Prajadhipok’s Institute which showed that the now-fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra was more popular during his premiership than Prayut is during his current time in office.

Sansern said: “The PM said that we have to be cautious in presenting some information that could cause conflict in society. And he said to tell everyone to read carefully, and that they cannot rely only on the headline to interpret the whole thing.”

However, the Institute had earlier explained that it had only presented the popularity and credibility ratings of each prime minister at the time they were in office.

The Institute said it was not valid to make comparisons, as many people had done, because the premierships occurred in different periods under different circumstances. It noted that the study also included prime ministers other than Prayut and Thaksin.

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