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September 19, 2006

Military Coup in Thailand

BBC news is reporting:

"Military leaders in Thailand have staged a coup, suspended the constitution and declared martial law.

"Army chief Sonthi Boonyaratglin said the military leadership had formed a council for political reform and ousted the Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.

"The coup leaders say the cabinet and parliament have been abolished, but power will be returned to the people."

"It is the first coup attempt in 15 years in a country where they used to be commonplace. There were 17 of them between 1932 and 1991."

Interesting development. Thaksin was very unpopular. Glad not to be in BKK this week...

Posted by sedda at September 19, 2006 07:27 PM