With the appointment of the prime minister and the upcoming selection of the cabinet and reform council members, the country is entering the second phase of the roadmap as set out by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). This second phase is when most of the reform work and preparations for the return to democracy will be done. This phase will also be critical for the NCPO as its success or failure will ultimately rest on achievements in this period.
There is no doubt that in the first phase, the NCPO has been successful in restoring order in the country, fending off expected violent clashes and armed attacks on protesters. Resistance has been subdued without resorting to force.
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