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PM believes Gen Prawit can clear himself

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Tuesday (Dec 12) that he believed Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon would be able to clear himself about the expensive wristwatch and a diamond ring and pleaded with the media to stop painting his deputy in a negative light.

He blamed the media of picking on Gen Prawit in order to drive a wedge between him and the latter when asked by a reporter at the Government House about why the deputy prime minister had always been involved in controversies.

He said that he didn't have to give moral support to Gen Prawit because the Deputy Prime Minister is strong enough.

He (Gen Prawit) is a soldier. He can take care of himself. Don't look at him in a bad way, Gen Prayut told media after the cabinet meeting.

As for himself, Prime Minister Prayut said he was strong enough and he would be stronger, tougher and would exercise his power to the fullest if he was alone and not surrounded by his trusted men.

He thanked politicians who said they had trust in him for being clean and above board while expressing doubt over someone around him.

However, he insisted all the development projects were approved by the cabinet and not by any individual ministers.

He also urged anyone who claimed to have evidence of corruption or abuse of power by any minister to directly come to him with the information.

Gen Prawit remained tight-lipped when confronting with a throng of reporters at the Government House today (Dec 12).

He refused to answer whether he had submitted the clarification about his wristwatch and diamond ring to the National Anti-Corruption Commission or not.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)