Friday, May 23, 2014

Thailand Coup

An astonishing event happened in Thailand. The army administered by Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha took control over Thai government.

The military seized power upon the cabinet, occupied the TV station, and suspended the constitution.

BBC News Asia: Thailand military seizes power in coup

CNN: Thai military takes over in coup -- again

This coup is a result of long lasting political confusion in Thailand. The last general election was negated and the Prime Minister was forced to resign, as I wrote. However, it is not for the first time of the coup in Thailand. A similar action was also performed by the army in 2006.

My past entry: Election in Thailand and Tokyo

My past entry: Thai Prime Minister dismissed

Prayuth declared that it had been done to restore order and enact political reform. However, the situation will become more chaotic, not only politically but also economically. Thai currency began to drop down. Tourism will be also influenced badly.

Mainichi: Thai coup adds to challenges for economy

I am concerned that some IT companies would be struck. Thailand is one of the main providers of hard disk. In 2011, Thailand was attacked by a disastrous floods. Then some manufacturing plants of hard disk were seriously damaged and the shortage occurred. This kind of matter has potential to harm the world economy.


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