» 06/13/2007, 00.00
Thaksin can return but his life is in danger, says government
The leader of the ruling military junta claims the authorities cannot protect him if he returns. The assets of the former PM’s and his wife worth more than US$ 1.6 billion are frozen. He calls the decision a political attack and vows to take legal action, if necessary at the international level.
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.
Nine anti-coup protest organisers in prison
First violent clashes between demonstrators and police since last September coup take place. Military get higher defence budget and start to fill key civilian posts. For experts the old ruling triad—monarchy, military, bureaucracy—is back on top, unwilling to cede power.
Transitional government pledges first post-coup elections for December
Prime minister makes the announcement, but the date still has to be decided. Coup generals had pledged elections for September. Popular dissatisfaction towards the new government is growing as it proves unable to bring political stability to the country.
Thaksin charged with corruption in Supreme Court
For the first time since last September’s military coup, prosecutors claim they have enough evidence to charge the former prime minister. Public opinion had been waiting a long time for this moment. Government announces November elections if draft constitution is adopted in August.
Bangkok tries new approach to solve crisis in mostly Muslim south
The government plans to start dialogue with the rebels and reactivates a mediation agency shut down by Thaksin in 2001. It also began talks with leaders of the local Muslim community with Malaysia's backing.
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