Deputy PM vows to act against Army if needed (the Nation)
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said yesterday some people wanted to drive a wedge between him and the prime minister by using the Sondhi shooting case as a pretext. He said there were malicious attempts in using the case to cause rifts between himself and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and in causing a split within the armed forces. “There is no need to create a pretext in order to have me dismissed. My intention is to help the country survive the crisis. If I am deemed not useful for the country anymore, then I am ready to exit the government,” he said. He urged parties concerned to allow the investigators to do their job instead of trying to draw a hasty conclusion about the case involving the assassination attempt on Sondhi Limthongkul, a core leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy. Suthep also repeated his earlier remarks that he found nothing improper about national police chief General Patcharawat Wongsuwan relating to the investigation into the case. Abhisit said it would be made known today whether the national police chief would remain in his office.