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Q&A on Thai military coup

Thai soldiers stand guard in front of the Army Club in Bangkok, on May 23, 2014Thailand was under junta rule on Friday after the military removed the civilian government in an overthrow it said was aimed at ending deadly political turmoil. The military takeover by commander-in-chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha came after nearly seven months of political turmoil and coup rumours, although the backdrop is years of political strife and rival street protests. The final straw appeared to be when the caretaker government aligned with ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra — the arch-enemy of the military-backed royalist elite — reaffirmed its refusal to step down. The sudden move also raised questions about whether there was a split within the military between supporters of the royalist establishment and soldiers sympathetic to Thaksin.

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