Thai army chief pledges to stay neutral, but warns against stirring resentment against military

General Apirat Kongsompong (right) pledged that the army will remain neutral in this election, and despite his close ties to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (left).
General Apirat Kongsompong (right) pledged that the army will remain neutral in this election, and despite his close ties to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (left).PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK - As campaigning for Thailand's March 24 election heats up and puts military spending in politicians' cross hairs, Thailand's powerful army chief has warned against stirring resentment against the men in green.

The Thai army is "the most able pillar that supports the country and also the monarchy", General Apirat Kongsompong told The Straits Times in a rare interview on Thursday (Feb21).

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