DEPUTY Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today (Jan. 31) that he is ready to resign if the people no longer wanted him but also pointed out that he has never harmed the country in any way in 50 years of service, INN News reported.
Speaking at a luncheon for defense beat reporters to maintain good relations with them, he also said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s trips to the provinces are aimed at resolving poverty problems and are not an effort to win votes in the next election because the Premier will not be entering the race.
This luncheon was joined by the heads of the Thai military including Chief of Defense Forces General Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, Army Commander-in-chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart, Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Naris Pathumsuwan, and Air Force Commander-in-Chief ACM Jom Rungsawang as well as other senior military officers.
Gen. Prawit thanked the media for working well with the military, pointing out that this confirmed the military and the press do not have a conflict with reporters having filed balanced reports.
Gen. Prawit added that he had never issued any orders to the press but would like the reporters to see that throughout 50 years of service he had never done anything to harm the country. However, if today people no longer wanted him he is willing to resign.
He added that throughout the period of administering the country he had done so within the legal framework, with the main objective of the National Council for Peace and Order being to serve the country and ensure that it continues to move forward.
Top: Gen. Prawit at the luncheon with the reporters today. Photo: INN News