Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha today reiterated the cabinet's approval of the Army's urgent need for the Chinese armoured vehicles saying the vehicles are cost effective, capable and appropriate for the country.

He was commenting to ongoing criticism of the cabinet's spedy approval of the 2.3 billion baht purchase of the VN-1 rubber-wheel armoured vehicles.

Gen Prayut said the security authorities and the military junta have assessed the vehicle's performance and price and come out with a final decision that it is cost effective and the price is very competitive.

He said what the army chief has already explained was clear.

The prime minister also declined comment on a claim of over six million views on Ms Yingluck Shinawatra's Facebook page and her frequent field inspections of many places.

He said any one could do it but it depended on how trustworthy it was between views and performance.

But Gen Prayut instead questioned whether her inspection was appropriate under the present circumstances.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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