Prawit won’t resign, to stay on in ‘national interest’

  • Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon does not plan to resign and is determined to continue working in the interests of national security and public safety, the spokesman for the Defence Ministry said on 5 Feb 18.
  • Spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanit said Gen Prawit was healthy and of good morale, and he would continue to devote himself to his role as the key figure in ensuring national security and the safety of society.
  •  All sides in a democratic society had to listen to the opinions of others, but reason-based calmness would enable people under fire to pull through a difficult situation, Lt Gen Kongcheep said.
  • He also said the armed forces remained united.
  • On 5 Feb 18, activist Ekachai Hongkangwan went to the Defence Ministry to present results of opinion surveys he said showed people wanted the deputy prime minister to stand down. He pointed out that Gen Prawit had said he would resign if people did not want him to remain in office.
  • Officials at the Defence Ministry accepted the documents from Mr Ekachai.

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