Thailand: Chalerm’s son makes u-turn after blasting Prayut, NCPO – 31 May 2017

  • Wan Ubumrung apologised to the prime minister and all the top brass on 31 May after sharply criticising the regime on social media.
  • Mr Wan went to the government complaint centre opposite Government House with a garland to show his remorse to Prayut Chan-o-cha and National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) members.
  • The son of Pheu Thai key figure Chalerm Ubumrung did not meet the prime minister. Sompas Nilaphan, a deputy permanent secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office, accepted the flowers on his behalf.
  • Mr Wan, who unsuccessfully ran for Bangkok MP under the Pheu Thai banner, used his Facebook account on 30 May 17 to attack the generals with abusive language.
  • Instead of going to hell, First Army Region commander Lt Gen Apirat Kongsompong ordered Mr Wan to report to the barracks on Wednesday.
  • Mr Wan joined other politicians and critics who opposed the prime minister’s plan to ask four questions. Critics deemed them “leading” questions designed to help him hang on to power and delay elections.

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