26 Jun '11, 5am

Thai army charm offensive raises doubts about whether their generals will stay out of upcoming Thai elections

Thai army charm offensive raises doubts about whether their generals will stay out of upcoming Thai elections

Soldiers wait outside a polling station to cast their ballots in advance voting ahead of general elections at the university campus in Udon Thani in north-eastern Thailand. -- PHOTO: REUTERS PHO CHAI (Thailand) - A CHARM offensive by Thailand's powerful military in rural opposition strongholds has raised fresh doubts about whether the generals will stay out of politics as an election looms. Thailand has seen almost as many actual or attempted coups as elections, although experts say the bloody crisis that has gripped the nation since tanks rolled through Bangkok in 2006 may make the army wary of intervening again. On a whistlestop helicopter tour around the kingdom's north-east this month, officers swooped into the heartland of anti-government 'Red Shirts' to promote the development projects of the revered king. 'We are trying to create love and faith,' Lieutenant General ...

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