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Thai junta summons reporters over "inappropriate" questions

The Thai army has summoned two reporters from local media for asking the junta chief “inappropriate” questions on Monday. Junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha was reportedly unhappy with the way they questioned him about the time frame for new elections.

BANGKOK: The Thai army has summoned two reporters from local media for asking the junta chief “inappropriate” questions on Monday.

Army secretary Polpat Wannaphak reportedly told Bangkok Post’s Wassana Nanuam and Thai Rath’s Supharoek Thongchairit that junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha was unhappy with the way they questioned him about the time frame for new elections.

According to Bangkok Post on Wednesday, Chan-ocha felt he was “cornered” by aggressive questions from the pair.

He was also reportedly frustrated as the journalists continued to press him for answers after he declined to respond.

Bangkok Post reported that Supharoek had asked Prayuth if he would be the interim premier, and if a national assembly would be set up “anytime soon”.

Wassana was said to have asked how long it would take to call for an election, and if Prayuth would be Thailand’s prime minister.

The army also reportedly told Wassana to stop netizens on her Facebook page from making comments that could trigger disagreements and worsen the political situation.

Wassana said she could not block comments from her 5,000 friends though she had asked them to avoid controversial issues.

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