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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2679

Thai Army seized power in Thailand without a shot being fired

Bangkok, 20 September, (Asiantribune.com) : Reports emerging from Bangkok, confirmed that the Thai Army has seized power in Thailand on late Tuesday. "The Thai army has taken control of Bangkok on late Tuesday without a shot being fired, dismissed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, revoked the constitution and promised a swift return to democracy after political reforms."

Reports reveled that Thai Army Commander Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin is the chief architect of the coup.

The Thai military and police declared on late Tuesday that they had seized power of the state from the caretaker government.

Reports revealed that tanks and troops took over Government House in Thailand's and a coup spokesman said that the army and police were in control of the capital and surrounding provinces.

Armoured vehicles and soldiers took up position on many street corners, but life in most of Bangkok continued much as usual.

The seizure would be temporary and power "returned to the people" soon, retired Lieutenant-General Prapart Sakuntanak said on a Thai television channels.

Foreign news channels, including CNN and the BBC, remain cut off.

In the meantime an unidentified announcer speaking on Thai national television declared that a 'Council of Administrative Reform' with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 and nearby provinces without any resistance.

'The armed forces commander and the national police commander have successfully taken over Bangkok and the surrounding area in order to maintain peace and order. There has been no struggle,' the announcement said.

"We ask for the cooperation of the public and ask your pardon for the inconvenience.'

Accordingly the following statement has been released by the coup leaders of the Thai Army, who claimed themselves as "Military Reform Council."

"There has been social division like never before. Each side has been trying to conquer another with all possible means and the situation tends to intensify with growing doubts on the administration amid widespread reported corruption.

"State units and independent organizations have been politically meddled, not able to deliver their services as specified in the Constitution.

"The administration is also usually bordering on "lest majesty" actions against the revered King. Despite attempts from social units for compromises, there is no way to end the conflicts.

The revolution body thus needs to seize power. We have no intention to rule but to return the power to the people as soon as possible, to preserve peace and honor the King who is the most revered to all Thais."

- Asian Tribune -

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