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COUPS IN THAILAND – part one

11/01/2015

Now with added pictures

Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer

COUPS IN THAILAND – part one

22 May 2014 saw the latest coup in Thailand when General (now Prime Minister) Prayuth, having declared martial law, led the military in finalising the dissolution of the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shiniwatra.

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The military’s justification, later endorsed by the King and thus given legitimacy, was to prevent the escalating violence between the political factions and to restore order by putting in place a temporary alternative to a civilian government that, not entirely through its own faults and actions, had become dysfunctional. Opposition parties blockading government business and the encouragement of partisan views rather than taking a nation-wide stance had resulted in little actual government of the country taking place.

The stalemate was resolved by the bloodless coup of which the majority of Thais sanctioned. They may have preferred a different and democratic solution but they saw the benefits of decisions at last…

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