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Yutthasak will not quit over audio clip, PM says

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There has been no talk of Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa resigning his post as deputy defence minister, says the PM, despite the controversial audio clip now making headlines. 

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Still on the job. The PM says Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa remains her deputy defence minister. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

Yutthasak will not quit over audio clip, PM says


Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has brushed aside speculation that Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa will resign following the release of an audio clip featuring an alleged conversation between himself and ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Ms Yingluck said yesterday Gen Yutthasak had talked to her on the telephone about the clip, but their conversation did not involve his resignation as deputy defence minister.

The prime minister, who is also defence minister, said Gen Yutthasak told her he did not know the details of the clip so he could not give her much information about the matter. The audio clip must be first examined by specialists to determine its veracity, she said.

Ms Yingluck said she did not think the clip would pose a problem between the government and the armed forces.

"The government and the armed forces give each other due honour and respect,' Ms Yingluck said. "I believe there will not be any problem."

The conversation in the clip was about a plan to push for an amnesty law to bring Thaksin home. It also touched on the possibility of amending Defence Ministry regulations concerning a military reshuffle and appointments of military officers, and the government's control of the armed forces.

Gen Yutthasak earlier denied it was his voice in the clip, while the ruling Pheu Thai Party claimed the recording might have been doctored.

A Defence Ministry source said Gen Yutthasak met Thaksin in an airport restaurant in Hong Kong on June 22, eight days before the cabinet reshuffle. The source said the meeting was private, so perhaps somebody at the restaurant recorded the conversation.

Gen Yutthasak met Thaksin to discuss a report that two top military officials had agreed to help Thaksin to return to Thailand on the condition that he would stay out of politics, the source said.

The source said the clip had damaged all parties, including Supreme Commander Gen Thanasak Patimapakorn who was mentioned in the clip as someone who was under the control of the prime minister. The man alleged to be Thaksin in the audio clip had also said he placed a lot of trust in Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief.

"This can answer why Prime Minister Yingluck [Shinawatra] took on the defence minister's role. Thaksin wants to please the armed forces and won't transfer the supreme commander and the army chief and can be confident there will be no coup," the source said.

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alleged: claimed to be true although not yet proven; claimed to have done something wrong but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา

amending: making changes to a document, law, agreement, etc. - การแก้ไขกฎหมาย

amnesty: a situation in which a government agrees not to punish people who have committed a crime - การนิรโทษกรรม

appointment: when someone is officially chosen for a job - การแต่งตั้ง

armed forces: a country's army, navy and air force - กองทัพทุกเหล่าทัพ

audio: sound - เสียง

brush aside: to refuse to accept that something is important or true - ไม่สนใจ, ไม่แยแส

claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง

concerning: about - เกี่ยวกับ

condition: something that must be done before another thing can happen - เงื่อนไข

confident: certain; having trust in people, plans, or the future - มั่นใจ

coup d’etat: the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร

Defence Minister: the person in the cabinet in charge of the Ministry of Defence which oversees the armed forces - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงกลาโหม

deny: to say that something is not true - ปฏิเสธ

deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

details: small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation - รายละเอียด

doctor: to change a document, tape, film, etc. in order to deceive people - ปลอมแปลงเพื่อหลอกลวง

due: that is suitable or right in the circumstances; according to the usual standards or rules - เหมาะสม, ถูกต้อง

honour: something you do that you are proud of; the respect that people have for someone who achieves something great, is very powerful, or behaves in a way that is morally right - เกียรติยศ, เกียรติ

matter: something that you are discussing, considering or dealing with - สิ่งที่พูดถึง ประเด็นที่พูดถึง

ousted: forced out of a position of power - ขับออกจากอำนาจ

party: one of the people or groups of people involved in a situation, an official argument or arrangement - คู่กรณี

please: to make someone feel happy and satisfied - ทำให้พอใจ, ทำให้ถูกใจ

pose: cause something, especially a problem or difficulty - เป็นเหตุให้

private: intended for or involving a particular person or group of people, not for people in general - ส่วนตัว

regulations: official rules that control the way things are done - ระเบียบ ข้อบังคับ

release: making known to the public - การเปิดเผย, การปล่อย

reshuffle: the process of changing the jobs or responsibilities of people in a particular group or organisation - การปรับหรือโยกย้ายตำแหน่งคนในองค์กร

resign: to state formally that you are leaving a job permanently - ลาออก

respect: a feeling of admiration that you have for someone because of their personal qualities, their achievements, or their status, and that you show by treating them in a polite and kind way - ความเคารพ, ความนับถือ

role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท

ruling: having control over a particular group, country, etc - ซึ่งมีอำนาจ, ซึ่งปกครอง

source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว

specialist: a person who is an expert in a particular area of work or study - ผู้ชำนาญเฉพาะทาง

speculation: ideas or discussion about why something has happened or what might happen - คาดการณ์ ประเมิณสถานการณ์

supreme commander: a military officer in charge of a country's armed forces, although not activity commanding any one branch - ผู้บัญชาการทหารสูงสุด

touch on: to mention - อ้างถึง, เอ่ยถึง, พูดถึง,

transfer: to change someone’s job or responsibilities - โยกย้ายตำแหน่ง

trust: a feeling of confidence in someone that shows you believe they are honest, fair, and reliable - ความเชื่อใจ, ความไว้วางใจ

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