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Coup talk was a 'slip of tongue': Thai caretaker DPM

Published on Jan 10, 2014 9:57 PM

With a planned “shutdown” of Bangkok by protesters wanting to dislodge caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra just days away, her two deputies dismissed talk of an impending military coup, calling a recent ambiguous statement by Thailand’s army chief as a “slip of tongue”.

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha fuelled talk of a coup late last month, saying that it “depends on the situation”.

On Friday, caretaker deputy prime minister Phongthep Thepkanjana told reporters: “The slip of tongue of some military personnel… cannot be considered very seriously.”

About 8,000 military personnel will work alongside police next week to maintain peace and order during the street protests, they said. 

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