Ruling party spokesman claims coup plan against Thai government - AP, September 30, 2004
A spokesman of Thailand's ruling party
created a stir Thursday by claiming that a
group of people opposed to Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra's government are planning
a military coup.
Suthin Klangsaeng, a member of Parliament
and deputy spokesman of the Thai Rak Thai
party, did not name anyone but hinted that
the group consists of military officers close
to a London-based businessman who recently
made corruption allegations against the government.
"The group of people who have long been
opposed to this government are planning to
stage a military coup," Suthin told reporters.
Speaking separately, Thaksin refused to confirm
or deny the allegation.
"Let it be the internal matter of my
party," Thaksin replied cryptically when
asked by reporters to comment on Suthin's
When Thaksin was in Europe on an official
trip, rumors were swirling in political circles
last week about an alleged coup attempt, linking
it with the London-based tycoon, Ekkayuth
Anchanbutr. He was not immediately available
However, observers discount the possibility
of the military mounting a coup and jeopardizing
Thailand's reputation in the international
financial and business community as a stable