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Thai junta leader Prayuth tells nation to move on from coup

Published on Aug 22, 2014 11:57 PM
 
Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, in an address to the nation a day after he was elected prime minister by a legislature he hand-picked, asked Thais not to dwell on the dramatic coup he led in May. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) – Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, in an address to the nation a day after he was elected prime minister by a legislature he hand-picked, asked Thais not to dwell on the dramatic coup he led in May.

“There is no point saying whether a coup is good or whether it is bad,” Gen Prayuth said in his Friday night speech. “I have never said that all my actions are correct or incorrect. I take responsibility for my actions. Others must take responsibility for theirs,” he added without elaborating.

In a rambling, 90-minute speech Gen Prayuth, who is also Thailand’s army chief, touched on a number of topics ranging from Thailand’s illegal ivory trade to practices of human trafficking in the fishing industry.

Gen Prayuth did not mention his appointment as prime minister.

 
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