'Monarchy not a tool'
Privy Councillor General Surayud Chulanont yesterday called for a halt to any attempts to sway the monarchy for political gain.
"The Constitution clearly spells out the role of the monarchy and it is everyone's duty to study and understand this," he said.
The monarchy is a revered institution that Thai citizens can depend on,
remaining above and beyond politics, he said.
Because of the deep bond between the monarch and the people, it comes as no surprise that relevant parties often portray themselves as loyal to the monarchy but it is deemed inappropriate if they try to involve the King in politicking, he said.
In regard to controversial comments made by anti-Thaksin campaigner Sondhi Limthongkul, he said the legal proceedings relating to the matter will result in justice.
Supreme Commander General Ruengroj Mahasaranont said police were investigating the matter and the military would not interfere with the legal proceedings.
"Individual soldiers may air their views on Sondhi's comments but they should not [threaten to involve] their military units," he said.
He said he was worried about the social divide caused by the political crisis, urging street protests to stop following yesterday's election.