COMMENTARY: ACHARA ASHAYAGACHAT
The people running Thailand these days shouldn’t be too surprised by the harsh reception they’ve received from the international community. What did they expect, after repeated declarations by the Thai military that coups were a thing of the past?
When the first anti-Thaksin coup took place on Sept 19, 2006, strong reactions were also heard. But within two weeks the condemnation subsided as the coup-makers came up with a name, however imperfect, to head the interim government.
Then they drafted (again within two weeks) a short statute, with 39 articles, as a bible for running the country. Gen Surayud Chulanond, the appointed PM, was soon able to provide a clear timeframe for elections.
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