Talks over lifting of political ban expected after royal cremation: Army chief

Gen Chalermchai Sittisard, the army commander, said he believes there will be talks over the lifting of the ban on political activities after the royal cremation for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The army chief said this when asked to comment on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s remark that the political ban could be lifted after the month of October.

Gen Chalermchai said since the organic law on political parties has come into effect, he believes there will be talks among parties concerned over this matter after the royal cremation.

Concerning the royal cremation, the army has been assigned to be responsible for organising a royal procession, which will be under the supervision of the supreme commander, and for providing security and traffic convenience, which will be supervised by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

Gen Chalermchai said he is particularly concerned about the people’s travel to take part in the royal cremation.  He advised people in other regions to attend ceremonies held in their home provinces.

The army chief made these comments after presiding over a ceremony to mark the 38th founding anniversary of the 2nd Cavalry Division on Wednesday (Oct 11).