Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan believes that there will not be a coup after the elections this year if there is reconciliation among all political parties and groupings.
He dismissed an analytical report in the Washington Post website which places Thailand in second spot after Burundi as countries with high risk of a coup this year, saying that statistics cannot be used to determine whether there will be a coup or not in Thailand.
Earlier, a spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order said that there were several factors that led to the staging of coups by the military in the past.
General Prawit noted that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha had been striving hard to move the country forward and the fact that election will be held in the country at the end of this year means that reconciliation will have been achieved up to a certain extent.
The deputy prime minister reiterated that no military officers would like to stage a coup.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)