Thailand comes under Army rule

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So finally, Thailand is once again - for the 12th time since 1932 - in the grip of its powerful Army. General Prayuth has assumed control of the country - in a coup - taking advantage of the prevailing political uncertainity and deteriorating law and order situation.

Objectives

  • Its projected that the coup is just a tool to restore order and reforms in the country marred by bitter and violent political rivalry in recent past.
  • The general, right after seizing power summoned representatives of all the main political groups for talks to prepare the roadmap for normalcy.
  • Though, with the coup the impending election has certainly been put on the backburner.

Moreover

  • Martial law is already in place.    
  • The decision has been taken in order to tackle the deteriorating law and order amidst political upheavel.

Earlier 

  • Thailand caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (alongwith entire cabinet) was forced out by the constitutional court after being found guilty of abusing power as interim PM.  
  • The reins of the interim government (to be there until July elections) was passed on to Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan; A move which resulted into massive nationwide protest. 
  • The previous coup was staged in 2006 resulting in the ouster of the then PM Thaksin Shinawatra (brother of Yingluck Shinawatra).
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