Ex-CRES spokesman promoted

Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd, who served as director of the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), the agency which handled the 2010 political unrest, has been promoted to deputy commander of the army's civil affairs school.

In a file photo taken in July 2010, Col Sansern showed off a tear gas launcher at a news conference. Photo by Surapol Promsaka na Sakolnakorn

Col Sansern was one of 313 colonels who army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has signed an order to promote. They were commanders of key combat units during the 2010 events. 

Col Sansern was the key spokesman for the army during the clashes between troops and the red shirts in April and May in 2010.

The appointment confers on Col Sansern the rank of deputy general and he will become a major general in the next army reshuffle.

Gen Prayuth signed the promotion order on Wednesday. It was released yesterday.

An army source said the list of the promoted 313 colonels is known as the list of "deputy generals" who will be promoted to the rank of general in the future.

The promotion is seen as a reward for their contributions towards the army's handling of the unrest.

Most of them have been promoted from the position of regiment commanders to become deputy division commanders, the source said.

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