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    He could, of course, be looking for the top job.

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    I wonder if the perks are as good as at Thai Airways, which seems to be where the air force parks its retirees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    How proud he looks in that white jacket, he won't want to be giving this 'job' up...
    I think he looks tired and fed up with the whole thing already. He is after all only doing what he was asked/told to do.

    I'm sure he would be much happier sitting in his office as usual sipping coffee and thinking about this afternoon's nine holes.
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by leemo
    the country is more important than individuals and CVs and egos.
    But, it's not the country, it's a small group of feudal leaders, just because they frame it as 'the nation this', 'all good Thai people that', does not make it true.

    You could bring it down to a very small feuding social unit; is that 'the country'? I'd rather suggest it's a couple of individuals and CVs with massive egos...
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    So out of curiosity what do the other branches of the military think? Is the Army the sole say so on such matters? What about the Navy, the Air force etc.? They have their own branches of ground soldiers like the west does too don't they? I know they have Marines like we do in the states. is this all unified? There has been no such word of unification. You only see one spokesman for one branch across the board he is not flanked by any other Generals/Admirals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by leemo
    the country is more important than individuals and CVs and egos.
    But, it's not the country, it's a small group of feudal leaders, just because they frame it as 'the nation this', 'all good Thai people that', does not make it true.

    You could bring it down to a very small feuding social unit; is that 'the country'? I'd rather suggest it's a couple of individuals and CVs with massive egos...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaBorn
    So out of curiosity what do the other branches of the military think? Is the Army the sole say so on such matters? What about the Navy, the Air force etc.? They have their own branches of ground soldiers like the west does too don't they? I know they have Marines like we do in the states. is this all unified? There has been no such word of unification. You only see one spokesman for one branch across the board he is not flanked by any other Generals/Admirals.
    The National Peace and Order Council is comprised of all the Armed Forces and the Police. The Thai Marines are part of the Thai Navy.

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    Yes I knew about the Marines, it was an example of a branch like our Navy also having a division of ground soldiers. Right, so why aren't any of them there showing solidarity? To get all of them on the same page certainly didn't happen over night, points to weeks of back door meetings,planning, lying and deceit it was claimed never happened..

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    Prayuth outlines stages to elections

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    Coup leader Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has issued guidelines for officials to follow so the country can advance toward an election and full democracy, army deputy spokeswoman Sirichan Ngathong said on Thursday.

    Col Sirichan said Gen Prayuth, head of the National Council for Peace and Order, issued his directions in a video conference with heads of various sections set up by the NCPO.

    Authorities should take three steps: quickly restore normal administration to the country; create favourable conditions, including the establishment of a legislative council and a reform council; and work toward holding elections under a full-fledged democracy.

    Gen Prayuth wanted this done as soon as possible, but did not set a timeframe. He instructed heads of the six working sections under the NCPO to keep him well briefed on their progress, she said.

    Gen Prayuth also stressed that the new budget bill must be based on equality and urgency in responding to the people's needs, without causing a debt burden or breaching financial and monetary discipline. The interests of the majority must be paramount.

    On the legislative process and improvement of the justice system, Gen Prayuth wants to see strong enforcement of the law, the spokeswoman said.

    The junta leader said the NCPO's advisory team members can submit their opinions to him through the council's secretariat for follow up.

    Gen Prayuth planned to report on the situation and developments of the NCPO's operations to the people. The format for doing this is still being drawn up.

    Gen Prayuth had no intention to block communications via social media such as Facebook, which went down briefly yesterday, Line or Instagram. Action would be taken only against websites which provoke conflict and divisiveness among the people, and that infringe on the monarchy.

    Col Winthai Suwari, the NCPO spokesman, said the council has not considered the appointment of a new prime minister or a cabinet. It would initially concentrate on restoring peace and order in the country and solving the people's immediate problems, as well as the establishment of a reconciliation centre.

    Regarding people who had been summoned but had not yet reported to the NCPO, their financial transactions would be frozen and orders given to track them down.

    For those who have fled abroad, the NCPO has measures to get them, but not to the extent of assigning embassies to do it. The NCPO will mainly find the clues to their whereabouts from their close associates, Col Winthai said.

    Concerning Verapat Pariyawong, an academic ordered to report to the NCPO, Col Winthai said the man had contacted the NCPO saying that he is unable to do so now because he has work engagements in England. The NCPO advised him to submit an explanation in writing to show he has no intention to defy its order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [B]Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha[/B]

    holding elections under a full-fledged democracy.
    err .................

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    For those who have fled abroad, the NCPO has measures to get them, but not to the extent of assigning embassies to do it.
    sounds very sinister indeed. something lost in translation i assume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    For those who have fled abroad, the NCPO has measures to get them, but not to the extent of assigning embassies to do it.
    sounds very sinister indeed. something lost in translation i assume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Col Winthai Suwari, the NCPO spokesman, said the council has not considered the appointment of a new prime minister or a cabinet. It would initially concentrate on restoring peace and order in the country and solving the people's immediate problems, as well as the establishment of a reconciliation centre.
    In each case where this phrase is used, it should be replaced by the word Bangkok. It would be far more accurate and less alarmist for ill informed foreigners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    The interests of the majority must be paramount.
    Interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post


    holding elections under a full-fledged democracy.



    err .................
    Good news......
    But we'll have to wait until 2030.

    Need time assess the long-term situations for the good of the country

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge View Post
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    The interests of the majority must be paramount.
    Interesting.
    Indeed, who's majority? Technically there's only one such thing but obviously there's one we don't know about since the REAL majority is being dismissed and their selection was ousted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaBorn View Post
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    The interests of the majority must be paramount.
    Interesting.
    Indeed, who's majority? Technically there's only one such thing but obviously there's one we don't know about since the REAL majority is being dismissed and their selection was ousted.
    You have to discount the bought votes before you can decide who the majority was. Don't you?
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    Well I don't think so, there's a percentage of bought votes in EVERY election world wide in some sense or another, be it special interest, appease the people or what have you? I think it's fairly certain to say there's bought votes on both sides of the isle, just a matter of who's paying the most to gain the most? My feeling is it costs less for PT then it does for the dems due to WHO they have to pay..

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    Isn't it the majority of guns&money which counts in the end?
    At least in Thailand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by neemo View Post
    Isn't it the majority of guns&money which counts in the end?
    At least in Thailand?
    Tradition and class-status included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaBorn View Post
    Well I don't think so, there's a percentage of bought votes in EVERY election world wide in some sense or another, be it special interest, appease the people or what have you? I think it's fairly certain to say there's bought votes on both sides of the isle, just a matter of who's paying the most to gain the most? My feeling is it costs less for PT then it does for the dems due to WHO they have to pay..
    vote-buying argument is a red herring trotted out on every occasion and to be ignored.

    international observers in 2011 said vote-buying had no impact on the election results.

    and you are very correct to point out that it is not just 'the other guy' who is trying to buy votes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
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    The interests of the majority must be paramount.
    Interesting.
    Indeed, who's majority? Technically there's only one such thing but obviously there's one we don't know about since the REAL majority is being dismissed and their selection was ousted.
    You have to discount the bought votes before you can decide who the majority was. Don't you?
    You mean take the votes off them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leemo
    His job is to bring some sort of order to the country. He may be viewed as an armed criminal with the country at his mercy, but he is the de facto ruler right now so let's see how he handles it.
    His job now is to get rid of Thaksin's influence once and for all. It was the police and army's job to keep order since the beginning of the political protests in October, but something was keeping them from doing their duty . . . until it became "necessary" to impose martial law then, just two days later, a coup.

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    ^They've been trying for decades to wipe out birth defects too and that's not happened yet either I'm afraid.

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