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May 31, 2014

Thai coup leader’s call for end to protests likely to face test

BANGKOK (Reuters) – An appeal by Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha for demonstrations against his May 22 takeover to end as part of a plan to restore democracy is likely to be tested this weekend with protesters expected on the streets.

Prayuth ousted the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after months of sometimes violent protests against it and late on Friday he set out a plan for reconciliation and reform, which he said would take about a year.

May 30, 2014

Thai junta leader says reconciliation, reform to take about a year

BANGKOK, May 30 (Reuters) – Thailand’s junta leader said on
Friday a process of reconciliation between political factions
and reforms would take about one year and only after that would
a general election would be held.

Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who overthrew the
government on Thursday last week, said all sides had to
cooperate and stop protesting for his plan for the restoration
of democracy to succeed.

May 30, 2014

Stumbling Thai economy lends urgency to junta’s revival efforts

BANGKOK, May 30 (Reuters) – Thailand is expected to publish
data on Friday showing stagnant consumption and investment, more
evidence of a stumbling economy that will lend urgency to the
military junta’s efforts to get the country working again.

Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy has been battered by
political turmoil since late last year when protesters backed by
the royalist establishment launched a bid to oust the government
of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

May 27, 2014

Thai army gets down to work on economy, stifles dissent

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s military rulers will settle down to work at their Bangkok headquarters on Tuesday, firmly in charge after royal endorsement but facing small protests that so far the security forces have handled with restraint.

Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had been formally endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of a military council in charge of the country. He warned he would use force if protests flared.

May 25, 2014

Thai military tightens grip, focuses on economic woes

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s military will tighten its grip on power on Sunday as it moves to douse smoldering protests before they flare and rally commercial agencies and business to revitalize the country’s battered economy.

The military stepped in to overthrow the government on Thursday to end months of debilitating confrontation between the royalist political and security establishment and a populist government adored by the rural and urban poor.

May 24, 2014

Thai military to face the media as opposition simmers

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s military was due on Saturday to hold its first news conference since seizing power this week, amid signs opposition to the takeover could be gathering momentum, both from pro-democracy activists and supporters of the ousted government.

The army staged a coup on Thursday after failing to forge a compromise in a power struggle between a populist government and the royalist establishment, which brought months of sometimes violent unrest to Bangkok’s streets.

May 22, 2014

Thai army chief summons ousted PM for talks a day after coup

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, will begin to govern a polarized country on Friday, a day after he seized power in a bloodless coup in a bid to end six months of turmoil.

Prayuth launched his coup after factions refused to give ground in a struggle for power between the royalist establishment and a populist politician that has raised fears of serious violence and damage to Thailand’s economy, southeast Asia’s second biggest.

May 21, 2014

Thailand’s reluctant general grasps political nettle

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Just months before his retirement, Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has taken on a responsibility he may much rather have dodged.

“Prayuth in charge,” the Nation newspaper blared across its front page on Wednesday, a day after the 60-year-old soldier declared martial law, putting himself at the centre of a nearly decade-long political impasse.

May 13, 2014

Pressure builds on Thai Senate as crisis drags on

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s Senate was due to meet on Tuesday to try to find a solution to protracted political turmoil, with both sides putting pressure on the only legislative assembly still operating in the polarized country.

The deadlock, the result of anti-government protests that began in November, has largely crippled government, threatens to tip Thailand into recession and has even raised fears of civil war.

Mar 6, 2014

Prominent Indian in Thailand faces expulsion over protests

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A prominent member of Thailand’s Indian community is fighting efforts to force him out the country for joining anti-government protests and appealed on Thursday to King Bhumibol Adulyadej for help in finding justice.

Publishing company owner Satish Sehgal was born in what is now Pakistan in 1943 and came to Thailand as a five-year-old boy. Thailand has been his home ever since but he has never taken citizenship.