Red shirt author in exile says Thailand’s govt has mandate

Red shirt author in exile says Thailand’s govt has mandate – ABC, July 4, 2011
…With the head of the army General Prayuth coming out and intervening in the election process by saying that people shouldn’t vote for Pheu Thai, although he didn’t actually name the party – that was the understanding. So, we can’t really trust the army to remain neutral, they’ve never been neutral. They’ve always felt that they had some kind of extra-constitutional rights, if you like.
But the power of civil society, that’s basically the Red Shirts, the fact that the election result is so clearly, overwhelmingly in favour of Pheu Thai, would make a military coup very difficult, but we don’t know what kind of negotiations and pressure is going on behind closed doors…

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