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Is it Thailand’s 19th coup? Probably, unless elections come soon

Hewison, K. (2014) Is it Thailand’s 19th coup? Probably, unless elections come soon. The Conversation, 21 May 2014 .

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In the dead of night, Thailand’s military has used a 100-year-old law to declare martial law across the country. General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army’s commander, has said it did not overthrow the government, so this cannot be Thailand’s 19th successful coup.

Should the military move quickly and call an immediate election, perhaps it would pass the “duck test”. Yet that seems highly unlikely. So, for the moment, the declaration of martial law looks like a coup and probably is.

Aspects of this military action bear striking similarities with the last coup in September 2006, which threw out Thaksin Shinawatra. Back then, the conservative elite was in broad agreement on the need to get rid of Thaksin.

Publication Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: The Conversation Media Group
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