Thailand comes under Army rule
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.
- 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.
- Martial law is already in place.
- The decision has been taken in order to tackle the deteriorating law and order amidst political upheavel.
- 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).