26 Jun '11, 7am

Army hovers over tense Thai election

Army hovers over tense Thai election

PHO CHAI, Thailand : A charm offensive by Thailand's powerful military in rural opposition strongholds has raised fresh doubts about whether the generals will stay out of politics as an election looms. Thailand has seen almost as many actual or attempted coups as elections, although experts say the bloody crisis that has gripped the nation since tanks rolled through Bangkok in 2006 may make the army wary of intervening again. On a whistlestop helicopter tour around the kingdom's northeast this month, officers swooped into the heartland of anti-government "Red Shirts" to promote the development projects of the revered king. "We are trying to create love and faith," Lieutenant General Darran Yutthawonsuk told AFP as he explained the work of his unit within the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC). The Thai military sees itself as the guardian of the royal institution ...

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