Thailand's entrenched culture of coups

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 9:47pm, first published May 28 2014 - 7:56pm

When Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-Ocha terminated a meeting of the country's political leaders last Thursday and declared himself the country's new leader, it was, he said, ''in order to bring the situation back to normal quickly'' and ''to reform the political structure, the economy and the society''. Practically all military strongmen cite as justification for their coups the need to restore peace and order and to lay the ''proper foundations'' for democratic rule – and many promise to return to the barracks immediately their work is done. As history frequently records, however, not all coup leaders can be relied on to follow that script.

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