» 02/21/2007, 00.00
High risk of civil war in southern Thailand
Violence grows with no end in sight in predominantly-Muslim provinces. Buddhist community is attacked even in its moments of celebration. Industrial infrastructure is now under targeted. For years the government’s answer was ‘send in the army;’ now experts fear sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Muslims.
Peace in the south and fighting corruption are post-coup Thailand's main challenges
The acting prime minister lays out his government main goals at a forum organised by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. The secession of southern provinces is excluded as a solution to the local crisis.
Teachers in southern Thailand learning to use guns
Targeted by Islamic rebels, many teachers go back to school to learn how to shoot. Cheap guns have been made available to them. The authorities are incapable of stemming the growing tide of violence.
Military pledge suport for democracy
Peaceful march celebrating the 75th anniversary of the country’s constitution took place last Sunday even though the military still rule. Army chief pledges new elections for late this year.
Bangkok: King asks military to form government
In an official decree, King Bhumibol Adulyadej recognised the new military council and charged its leader, General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, with forming a government.
Calm only apparent in the generals' Thailand
The name of the new prime minister should be announced on Sunday. He will likely be a retired general and so considered a civilian by the country's new rulers. Thai analysts warn that if restrictions on civil rights get too tight, a hitherto passive population might react.
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