Coup could recur, says Saprang
The possibility of a coup could never be ruled out and another military intervention could happen if the political situation warranted it, General Saprang Kalayanamitr, assistant secretary-general of the Council for National Security, said yesterday.
"Everything happens by the law of cause and effect and for a coup, if there is justifiable cause, then it would take place," Saprang said.
Commenting on the present situation, he drew the analogy of a heating, but not yet boiling, kettle. "It is premature to anticipate a coup as the water has not reached boiling point yet," he said.
Following the promulgation of the 1997 Constitution, many people ruled out the possibility of military intervention ever happening again, but they had been proved wrong, the general said.
The coup would become an extinct political phenomenon only in a true democracy, but Thai politicians still set up phoney political parties for personal gain, he said.
He voiced concern about the political future, saying the country would soon have a new constitution but the same set of corrupt politicians would continue to dominate the landscape.
Sonthi said he was in control of the situation and dismissed concerns of another coup. - The Nation