ASIA461 - Nov 12 notes_thaksin, coup, trt

ASIA461 - Nov 12 notes_thaksin, coup, trt - Causes of the...

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Causes of the coup Many causes of the coup were identified, both by the junta as well as by independent observers. Initial reasons stated by the junta were the Thaksin government’s alleged creation of an “unprecedented rift in society”, corruption, nepotism, interference in independent agencies, and insults to the King. Later reasons stated by junta leaders included Thaksin’s alleged vote buying, plans to provoke violence, and weakening of the military. [55] [56] [57] Two months after the coup, the junta issued a white paper identifying many reasons for the coup, including corruption, abuse of power, lack of integrity, interference in the checks and balances system, human rights violations, and destroying the unity of the people. [58] Independent analysts identified widely differing reasons for the coup. Thitinan Pongsudhirak of Chulalongkorn University alleged that the coup was due to conflicts between Thaksin and King Bhumibol Adulyadej . [59] Biographer Paul Handley noted that “[the coup masterminds] did not want Thaksin in a position to exert influence on the passing of the Chakri Dynasty mantle to Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn .” [60] Giles Ungpakorn of Chulalongkorn University claimed that the coup was due to class conflicts between the rural poor (who supported Thaksin) and the
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course ASIA 46 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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ASIA461 - Nov 12 notes_thaksin, coup, trt - Causes of the...

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