September 19, 2006

Thai Coup

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been ousted in a military coup while away in New York City to attend the session of the United Nations' General Assembly. Originally slated to speak tomorrow, Wednesday, September 20, he is now expected to address the GA at some point today.

Thai Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, was the leader of the coup. Both houses of Parliament were dissolved and the Thai Constitution was suspended. Military leaders have claimed to act in support of the king of the monarchy, Bhumibol Adulyadej, and have also announced the intention to return the government to civilian control once the crisis that precipitated the coup had been resolved.

More once info on Shinawatra's address to the GA has occurred...

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