Aljazeera Asia Pacific reports that Thai PM Surayud did not support the coup that deposed the thrice-elected Thaksin government:

In his first major interview since the military took over on September 19, Surayud Chulanont told Al Jazeera’s 101 East programme: “I can say frankly that I didn’t support the idea of military intervention.” His opposition led him to twice refuse the role of prime minister, but after coup leader, Army chief Sondhi Boonyaratglin, approached him, he said he felt obliged to accept. Surayud said his aim was to smooth the way back to democracy, and then stand down from the post.

Obliged to accept? Why?