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Thai military launches coup, backs king
BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai military launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king. An announcement on Thai television declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance.
Originally posted by khunmoon:
The Friday before his infamous telecom deal, where he sold off his assets controlling the sector in Thailand, he had the laws for taxations of profits from share dealing changed. Thereby, the following Monday he was able to make a profit of $3billion - taxfree. He gives a damn about any conduct.
Originally posted by subz
Thanks for the background information Khunmoon.
Maybe you could help me to better understand something. Since Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, with the King as the Chief of State, why didnt the King dissolve parliament and force new elections?
If the King did not do so, why would any coup leaders be loyal to the King? Since, technically, he was derelict of his duties to his people and failed to exercise his constitutional right to remove an incompetant and corrupt Prime Minister.
To fully understand it, you have to know Thai culture, not just from study, but from experience.