News and commentary by: Whymrhymer

Back on September 19th, in the dead of the night, Thailand’s government changed hands in a bloodless coup; martial law was imposed and Thailand’s Constitution was revoked when Lt.-Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, Thailand’s top military officer took control. The coup was apparently orchestrated by the king of Thailand, 78-year old King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

At the time, it was announced that the Thailand government would be under the control of a “Council of Administrative Reform,” with the King acting as head of state. Coup leaders promised that a new Prime Minister would be installed within two weeks. As promised, within two weeks, Thailand’s new Prime Minister has been appointed and has started work over this past weekend.

The new Thai Prime Minister, General Surayud Chulanont (the former commander-in-chief of the Thai military) began his term in office with a blessing by His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangharaja, the country’s leading Buddhist monk, and he then made a statement to the media in which he reiterated that his appointment as Thailand’s Prime Minister was an interim post. General Chulanont will hold the post for one year while Thailand’s new Constitution is being drawn up and, presumably, elections will be held to allow the people to choose their new Prime Minister.

The country may appear as if it is returning to normal but it should be noted that the person who is really in charge of the country is not the new Prime Minister, it is Gen. Boonyaratglin. Right now Gen. Boonyaratglin has the power to say who stays in the government and who goes out of it and, most importantly, Gen. Boonyaratglin has the power to select the persons who will draft Thailand’s new Constitution.
According to the CIA World Factbook, Thailand’s government is a Constitutional Monarchy it is not, strictly speaking, a Democracy (although you will find it referred to as a Democracy in numerous news media accounts — possibly even some of mine). The country is run by the King and it is the will of the current King that Thailand shall have a Constitution, and they will have . . . after he approves it!

News Links:

New Thai PM looks for harmony amid post-coup rifts

Bank official joins interim Thai Cabinet

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