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Top brass members must sit in national strategy panel: Gen Prawit

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan on Monday defended the need of the presence of 5-6 commanders of the armed forces in the national strategy panel.

I think it is good to have the top brass members in the panel so they will be aware of what is going on. I don't see any damaging. I stand firm that it is necessary to have the top brass members in the panel because our country is different from the other countries, said General Prawit.

He noted that past political conflicts in this country stemmed from mutual misunderstand and if there are military commanders in the panel, they will be able to give ideas and, vice versa, the academics can do likewise by offering opinions to the commanders.

Asked whether the national strategy panel has the controlling power over the next elected government, General Prawit sidestepped the question by saying that the new government is obliged to follow the national strategy law.

He, however, assured that the national strategy law, like any other laws, can be changed or modified in accordance with changing circumstances.

But he made clear that the national strategy panel or the national strategy law was not a guarantee that there would not be another coup in the future.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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