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    The military has seized power once again in Thailand. In a lightning coup, the three?

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    The military has seized power once again in Thailand. In a lightning coup, the three armed forces took over??? on Thursday (20 October) ... ousting the year-old government of Prime Minister Thanin Kraivichien and promising general elections next year. The man who has taken over the government is Defence Minister Admiral Sa-Ngad Chaloryoo.

    SYNOPSIS: The military made their move at six o'clock in the evening, local time. Only three days before, tanks had been firing their guns in the streets of Bangkok ... but then only in a demonstration of military might.

    It was the second time this year there had been an attempt to take over the government. The last one failed. That was in March. The coup, in a country of 45-million people, seems to have been bloodless.

    The Prime Minister just ousted, Thanin Kraivichien, himself came to power in a coup. The military elevated him from relative obscurity to leadership when they took over last October. In this year's abortive coup, the Army rallied to keep him in government. He went to Aranyaprathet to pay homage to Thai soldiers who had died in clashes on the Cambodian border. On Thursday he was reportedly refusing to leave his office in Government House.

    Last year's coup ousted a civilian government after three years of parliamentary democracy. Now, says the military, Prime Minister Thanin's 12-year programme of phased elective democracy is not fast enough....and they will hold elections next year.

    The Revolutionary Council which has taken control has pledged loyalty to King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Council, made up of members of the three armed services, specifically mentioned the King when they announced their coup. A statement said they had taken over to "help resolve the situation, improve the economy and uphold the monarchy" .

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