Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, whose army-backed Revolutionary Party took full control in Thailand two days ago, said today (Friday) that the military group would remain in power for three or four months.
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Background: Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, whose army-backed Revolutionary Party took full control in Thailand two days ago, said today (Friday) that the military group would remain in power for three or four months. He told a press conference the Party would set up a cabinet to administer the country after this initial period.
This film shows troops on guard outside the Parliament building and the temporary headquarters of the Revolutionary Party, illustrating the firm grip of the army and the calm atmosphere in Bangkok.
SYNOPSIS: In Thailand tanks and troops are guarding key points like the gateway to the Parliament buildings in Bangkok, following Wednesday's takeover of power by the army-backed Revolutionary Party. The takeover proceeded smoothly, and there were no reports of disturbances, though posters attacking the move were scattered around the Thammasat University Campus in the city.
Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, the former Prime Minister who headed the takeover, told a press conference on Friday that his new designation was Chairman of the National Executive Council. The Field Marshal did not elaborate on the make-up of the committee, but it was taken to be the seven officers and two civilians who make up the executive of the Revolutionary Party. He did say, however, that the military group would remain in power for three to four months.