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Sonthi Says Talk Of Him Replacing Yingluck Is 'Nonsense'

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Sonthi says talk of him replacing Yingluck is 'nonsense'

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BANGKOK: -- General Sonthi Boonyaratglin yesterday dismissed speculation that he would soon replace Yingluck Shinawatra as prime minister, with the blessing of ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

"This is nonsense. There is no likelihood of that," he said when asked to comment on a claim by yellow-shirt leader Prapan Khoonmee.

Sonthi, who is chairman of the ad hoc House committee on national reconciliation, also denied Prapan's claim that Sonthi planned to join the Wadah Group of Muslim politicians from the deep South, who are considering a return to the ruling Pheu Thai Party.

"Wadah has no connection to me," Sonthi said.

Now an MP and leader of the small Matubhum Party, he was backed by Pheu Thai MPs, who form a majority on the House panel on reconciliation, to become its chairman.

The panel submitted its reconciliation proposals to the House of Representatives, which on Thursday night voted to pass the measures on to the Cabinet for further action. Among the more controversial measures proposed by the Sonthi panel are a general amnesty for all people involved in the political conflict and the expunging of all legal cases initiated by the post-coup Assets Examination Commit-tee, including those in which courts have handed down verdicts.

While serving as the Army chief, General Sonthi in September 2006 led a coup that overthrew Thaksin's government.

During a programme on pro-yellow-shirt, satellite-based ASTV, Prapan said he had recently learned that the Wadah Group was returning to the Pheu Thai fold, with Sonthi becoming part of the group.

He also claimed that "the fugitive on the run overseas" - seen as a reference to Thaksin - passed a message to Sonthi through a Wadah leader that in May there would be a Cabinet reshuffle, in which Yingluck would step down as prime minister and Sonthi would be invited to replace her.

"That could be why Sonthi accepted the post of reconciliation committee chairman and worked devotedly under the close watch of Wattana Muangsuk," Prapan said, referring to the committee's deputy chairman, a Thaksin confidant.

Prapan said red-shirt leaders had developed cordial ties with Sonthi and even voiced moral support for him publicly.

Meanwhile, Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday his Democrat Party would monitor the government's dealings in relation to reconciliation to ensure that the national interest is not compromised for the benefit of an individual.

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-- The Nation 2012-04-07

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"Meanwhile, Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday his Democrat Party would monitor the government's dealings in relation to reconciliation to ensure that the national interest is not compromised for the benefit of an individual"

Wow, they are fixated aren't they. How can reconciliation stuff advance in the face of such fixation. Just goes to show the cynical approach to this idea of reconciling by some, and the farce that it is.......... They are up-and-down like a yo-yo. One minute trying to use reconciliation discussions to advance their anti-Thaksin agenda, the next trying to sound high-principled about the thing, and next using it to obfuscate their culpabilities through deferment and delay......... This erratic and capricious approach shows scornful intent and the illogic-ness of this whole reconciliation thing......... Just deep-six it, and rely on future elections to order the Thai political space, imho

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"Meanwhile, Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday his Democrat Party would monitor the government's dealings in relation to reconciliation to ensure that the national interest is not compromised for the benefit of an individual"

Wow, they are fixated aren't they. How can reconciliation stuff advance in the face of such fixation. Just goes to show the cynical approach to this idea of reconciling by some, and the farce that it is.......... They are up-and-down like a yo-yo. One minute trying to use reconciliation discussions to advance their anti-Thaksin agenda, the next trying to sound high-principled about the thing, and next using it to obfuscate their culpabilities through deferment and delay......... This erratic and capricious approach shows scornful intent and the illogic-ness of this whole reconciliation thing......... Just deep-six it, and rely on future elections to order the Thai political space, imho

Nothing to say about the meat of the post, so have a go at the "gravy" filler at the bottom.

"Prapan said red-shirt leaders had developed cordial ties with Sonthi and even voiced moral support for him publicly."

How about this piece? How do you explain you supposedly morally virtuous red leaders sucking up to the arch coup leader? Political pragmatism, or mercenaries dancing to the piper's tune?

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"Meanwhile, Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday his Democrat Party would monitor the government's dealings in relation to reconciliation to ensure that the national interest is not compromised for the benefit of an individual"

Is this not what the opposition party is supposed to do? Actually if the rich red leaders would put the poor first it would be a great help for reconciliation, when you have to try to stop all the thievery from above things become exhausting. Do whats right so Mark can have a rest.

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Sonthi will be the next PM.

Watch this space.

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I doubt Thailand will readily have a muslim PM. rolleyes.gif

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Nothing to say about the meat of the post, so have a go at the "gravy" filler at the bottom.

"Prapan said red-shirt leaders had developed cordial ties with Sonthi and even voiced moral support for him publicly."

How about this piece? How do you explain you supposedly morally virtuous red leaders sucking up to the arch coup leader? Political pragmatism, or mercenaries dancing to the piper's tune?

"This is nonsense. There is no likelihood of that," he said when asked to comment on a claim by yellow-shirt leader Prapan Khoonmee.

See, there's just a little bit of a clue there. Of course, generally one knows that you can always rely on a claim from the PAD which aims to create friction amongst the PTP and UDD as being the truth. They have no political agenda whatsoever.coffee1.gif

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Nothing to say about the meat of the post, so have a go at the "gravy" filler at the bottom.

"Prapan said red-shirt leaders had developed cordial ties with Sonthi and even voiced moral support for him publicly."

How about this piece? How do you explain you supposedly morally virtuous red leaders sucking up to the arch coup leader? Political pragmatism, or mercenaries dancing to the piper's tune?

A yellowshirt avowed opponent of Thaksin makes a statement about succession in the PTP and you accept it as the gospel truth.

Go figger.

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Dam, they sure know how to create news where there isn't any. This government does nothing. So they have to report something.

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I doubt Thailand will readily have a muslim PM. rolleyes.gif

And why replacing Yingluck? She isn't worse than any other premier. OK she is silly and has no idea what she is talking about, but where is the difference to any other PM?

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Only the democrat party and the Nation could come up with this kind of rumors. A coup taker will never ever be acceptable for the masses who all know that the military raped their freedom and in many cases robbed the lives of their friends and relatives. Only a sick mind must (probably a yellow shirt) could come up with such a theory.

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"Meanwhile, Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday his Democrat Party would monitor the government's dealings in relation to reconciliation to ensure that the national interest is not compromised for the benefit of an individual"

Wow, they are fixated aren't they. How can reconciliation stuff advance in the face of such fixation. Just goes to show the cynical approach to this idea of reconciling by some, and the farce that it is.......... They are up-and-down like a yo-yo. One minute trying to use reconciliation discussions to advance their anti-Thaksin agenda, the next trying to sound high-principled about the thing, and next using it to obfuscate their culpabilities through deferment and delay......... This erratic and capricious approach shows scornful intent and the illogic-ness of this whole reconciliation thing......... Just deep-six it, and rely on future elections to order the Thai political space, imho

Fixated like the Pheu Thai "it's not about Thaksin" party.

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Only the democrat party and the Nation could come up with this kind of rumors. A coup taker will never ever be acceptable for the masses who all know that the military raped their freedom and in many cases robbed the lives of their friends and relatives. Only a sick mind must (probably a yellow shirt) could come up with such a theory.

Neither the Democrats nor theNation came with this rumour. The OP had "a claim by yellow-shirt leader Prapan Khoonmee" to which Gen. Sonthi commented "This is nonsense. There is no likelihood of that".

The couptaker MP Gen. Sonthi who aligned himself and his party with Pheu Thai and who is for a general amnesty may be concerned that the small print in the 2007 Constitution, granting him and his fellow coupists immunity, is or will be withdawn in one of the rewrites. Even Dept. PM Pol. Captain Chalerm may already have written his own version.

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Only the democrat party and the Nation could come up with this kind of rumors. A coup taker will never ever be acceptable for the masses who all know that the military raped their freedom and in many cases robbed the lives of their friends and relatives. Only a sick mind must (probably a yellow shirt) could come up with such a theory.

Neither the Democrats nor theNation came with this rumour. The OP had "a claim by yellow-shirt leader Prapan Khoonmee" to which Gen. Sonthi commented "This is nonsense. There is no likelihood of that".

The couptaker MP Gen. Sonthi who aligned himself and his party with Pheu Thai and who is for a general amnesty may be concerned that the small print in the 2007 Constitution, granting him and his fellow coupists immunity, is or will be withdawn in one of the rewrites. Even Dept. PM Pol. Captain Chalerm may already have written his own version.

Sonthi will be the next PM.

Watch this space.

Don't tell Chalerm!

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"Meanwhile, Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday his Democrat Party would monitor the government's dealings in relation to reconciliation to ensure that the national interest is not compromised for the benefit of an individual"

Wow, they are fixated aren't they. How can reconciliation stuff advance in the face of such fixation. Just goes to show the cynical approach to this idea of reconciling by some, and the farce that it is.......... They are up-and-down like a yo-yo. One minute trying to use reconciliation discussions to advance their anti-Thaksin agenda, the next trying to sound high-principled about the thing, and next using it to obfuscate their culpabilities through deferment and delay......... This erratic and capricious approach shows scornful intent and the illogic-ness of this whole reconciliation thing......... Just deep-six it, and rely on future elections to order the Thai political space, imho

Oh, your single eyed braincell woke up again. Are you really this stupid or/and is it total ignorance? It amazes me that you do not seem to have any analytic ability whatsoever. I find it incomprehensible that someone can be this single tracked.

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