Thai outgoing army chief not decide on entering politics

Thailand's outgoing army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin said on Thursday that he would enter politics only if the country continues to face political problems.

Thai outgoing army chief not decide on entering politics
Thailand's outgoing army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin said on Thursday that he would enter politics only if the country continues to face political problems.

"For now, I'll not play politics. I've said that it is not time yet. Wait three or four months more and we'll come back to discuss whether I'll play politics or not," Sonthi said when reporters asked him about his political future after his retirement at the end of this month.

He said he believed political groups or parties would not invite him to head their parties because the military could be easily attacked.

"I don't think they want me. The military is easy to be attacked so political parties will have to think about public feelings," Sonthi was quoted by local news network The Nation as saying.

When asked how he would enter politics if he decides to join it, Sonthi said "it would depend on the situation. The situation will tell us how. But now everything has settled down."

He said he saw that political situation was good now and the junta had completed nearly all of its four major missions for staging the coup last year.

Sonthi earlier hinted he would enter politics if there was a political party which had sound financial support, strong sympathizers and militant force as a back up.

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