Just reading Pauls political history of the government in Thailand. It is amazing that they still got voted back in, by the majority, after the stuff that happened at the beginning of the year. I suppose they have to do enough bad, before people are swayed to believe that they do more bad, than good.
I just read on the BBC news website that he leader of the military coup in Thailand has said that a new prime minister will be appointed in two weeks. So looks like the military have moved fast.
My boyfriend is a member of another web community. A guy in that community who lives in Thailand says the following
Well life in Bangkok still goes on like normal. Went to the dentist (who I think is worse than soldier with a BFG) and went to the shopping centre and people seems fine and go about doing things like normal.
There are couple of soldiers guarding the entrance to the road which lead to my and most of my relative houses. Managed to ask them to pose with the house name Shame there werent any tank in the area nearby
An 18 year old guy living in Thailand, whom my boyfriend was chatting with took this photo, on the street where he lives. He asked these soldiers to pose, for the photo. If u look in the glass window, to the right of the shack, u will see a reflection, of the 18 year old kid, taking the photo.
The 18 year old kid, living in Bangkok, posted this comment, about what is happening in Thailand, in another web community
OK This is how thing are "supposed" to happen
The Administrative Reform Council, led by Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Sonthi Boonyaratklin, have confirmed that he has absolutely no interest in becoming the prime minister.
What happenning now is that they are drawing up a shortlist of canidates for the potential Prime Minister role, who will then selected the goverment who will run the country. The council will inform the King of the decision and wait for the approval from the King. If the King approve, the candidate will then become a prime minister. Once this happen, the council will resolved.
Then, a group of academics will draw up a new constitution because the old one has been ripped apart by the coup. The candiate chosen will run the country until the new constitution is drawn up. Once it is drawn up, then the general election can be held after the decision by the new election committees (who incidentally have just been selected after the old ones were jailed due to foul play in April Election). It will takes some months yet to drawn up the new constitution so my bet would be that the next election wont be until October 2007.
More from the 18 year old Thai guy
Mine? Well I think this is the inevitable outcome of Thaksin's regime. His regime has been marred by Corruption, Interfering with free speech of the media, manipulating the law to accommodate his close friends and families. He also make reckless speech and almost openly challenging the royal family, which is very wrong in the eyes of Thais) So he managed to **** off almost everyone from lower class to those close to the royal family.
I, like many Thai, used to be a supporter of his political party. I used to take the sceptic view of allegation from the opposition about the goverment. However, Mr. Thaksin and government never truely denied with evidence any of the allegations and proceed to used questionable to stop people talking about them (buying TV station, banning certain media, paying Thugs to beat up opposition supporter, which his party got away with due to his link with the police).
Enough is enough... this coup could not have come at better time, as seen by people's support for the coup which make this coup one of the strangest one Ive seen that there has been no bloodshed or fighting while we see extraordinary scene of people posing with Tanks and soldiers on the street.
I totally understand the concerns about Thaksin's office. However he was democratically elected, largely by rural Thailand who were somewhat neglected by the previous regime.
I can see parallels in Italy where Berlusconi has long held power regardless of his hold on media outlets and other 'interests'.
But if we believe in democracy we have to believe that the government would have rightfully changed at the next democratic opportunity. It's worrying and regressive for Thailand that the military have decided to take this step.
I just left Bangkok a few days ago and now am in the islands on Koh Tao to do some diving. From here you can't tell anything at all has happened (except that the divemasters are suddenly all armed - just kidding!) Life appears to be going on as normal and none of the thai's here are at all concerned. Anyhow I will be back in Bangkok early next week and I'll share anything I see.
Incidentally they only temporarily closed the borders, they should be back to normal by tomorrow - although they may have some regulation on overland entries from what I've been told, exiting is not a problem.
I see your point magykal. Not sure what to make of that one, myself.
Bangkok will be okay in a couple of weeks... there won't be any war or anything will turn out of this! I think the PM is backing down anyway by not returning to Thailand and staying in London... No worries mate! Thailand will still be the beautiful country we always knew... I have tickets for Bangkok in February, planning to celebrate my birthday there with wife!