Bangkok, May 22: Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha expressed on Friday his satisfaction with the junta’s magement a year after seizing power in a coup on May 22, 2014. “I’m satisfied,” he said, adding that the serious problems afflicting the country and the government’s lax attitude towards them had left him with no option but to take charge, the Bangkok Post daily reported.
“Yet I’m not proud to be in this position. Why should I have to stand here? Why did you not solve the problems before? Weren’t you elected?” Chan-ocha said, directing the barbs at the previous administrations. Although the junta takes pride in its performance, especially regarding security issues, it has come at the cost of dozens of arrests without charges and a tight control on freedom of expression and protest.
The military claims it carried out the coup to contain the spiraling violence in the country owing to political clashes, and to tackle corruption before holding elections, scheduled for August 2016.
Army spokesman Winthai Suvaree told Efe news agency that the situation was better than it was a year ago, the people were happier, security has improved and the streets were no longer full of demonstrators. (IANS)