Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Coup Coup Kachoo.

Thai commander takes over after coup
By GRANT PECK, Associated Press Writer

BANGKOK, Thailand - Thailand's army commmander ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a military coup Tuesday night while the prime minister was in New York, circling his offices with tanks, declaring martial law and revoking the constitution.

An announcement on national television signed by army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin ordered all troops to report to their duty stations.

As soldiers and armored vehicles moved through Bangkok, an announcement from the military earlier declared a provisional authority loyal to beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The announcement declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance. It recognized the king as head of state.

Normally I'm anti-military coup, but the King of Thailand is pretty cool. And Thailand has a good history of productive coups. The last coup ushered in the best leadership Thailand has had since WWII, so cross your fingers!

PS- The Associated Press has a typo! Ha! Losers.

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