Saturday, January 06, 2007

Political emergency continues in Thailand

Some interesting snippets from the english language press here in Thailand today.

The Council for National Security (CNS) issued a circular to ministries, courts and state enterprises yesterday urging officials to watch out for strangers or unidentified objects left abandoned in buildings and public places. This struck me as a little odd and somewhat slow off the mark given that the bombs went off on 31st December and 1st January.

The Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said the public should prepare for more political violence after the New Year bomb blasts in the capital. He went on to say that he believed the country would see political turmoil for the next two months.

More than one paper carries rumours of a possible counter coup. Apparently off the record comments from active and retired Army officers indicate there is a real rivalry brewing inside the military. The rumour is that a rival military clique may dethrone the CNS in order to revive the Thaksin Shinawatra regime. The other possibility is a repeat coup where the CNS would realign its power to overcome problems and resolve the power struggle for control of the Army.

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