16 May '11, 8am

Thailand's bumpy road from coup to elections

Thailand's bumpy road from coup to elections

SINGAPORE : Thailand has announced that it will hold its general elections on July 3. The path to this point has been a bumpy one, with a coup, violent protests and five heads of government, all in the last five years. The last time Thailand saw a General Election was in December 2007. But the political troubles that have divided the Kingdom started before that. On 19 September 2006, then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted in a bloodless military coup, while he was attending the UN General Assembly in New York. The coup plotters accused him of corruption, abuse of power, human rights violations, and destroying the unity of the people. Analysts though suggest the coup stemmed from a class conflict between the rural poor, who support Mr Thaksin, and the urban elite, who back the military. Mr Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party was disbanded and banned in May 2007. It rei...

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