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19 September 2006 :: 23:09:28 pm 29997

Thailand‘s prime minister has declared a state of emergency and witnesses report tanks in the streets of Bangkok.

Thai armed forces and national police chiefs have set up a commission to decide on political reforms after troops and tanks took over government headquarters, a statement on television said.
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At least 14 tanks surrounded goverment‘s offices, The military seized control of television stations and declared a provisional authority, pledging loyalty to his majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thaksin, who is in New York at the United Nations General Assembly, declared a state of emergency

Thailand‘s prime minister has declared a state of emergency and witnesses report tanks in the streets of Bangkok.Reporters in Bangkok said witnesses saw tanks in the streets and around the government headquarters as rumors of a coup attempt swirled. Some witnesses said army troops were inside the prime ministers headquarters.

The prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, speaking from New York where is attending the U.N. General Assembly session, has declared a state of emergency. The prime minister said he had received reports that the situation in Thailand was not stable.

News from the BBC reports indicate soldiers have been stationed in strategic locations around the city, including near the government headquarters.
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Government officials said Thaksin, in the middle of a political crisis fomented by a street campaign against him, planned to return from New York early on Thursday, a day earlier than originally scheduled.

Thai armed forces and national police chiefs have set up a commission to decide on political reforms after troops and tanks took over government headquarters, a statement on television said.

The written statement relayed by all television channels, said the armed forces and police were in control of Bangkok, which remained peaceful, and appealed for calm.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra declared a state of emergency in Bangkok “I declare Bangkok under a severe state of emergency,” Thaksin said in a voice broadcast on Thai television.

Thaksin, in New York at a United Nations summit, ordered troops not to “move illegally”, and told armed forces chiefs to report to acting Prime Minister Chidchai Vanasatidya.
At least 20 soldiers entered the Government House building, according to reporters inside.
Army television broadcast images of the royal family and songs associated in the past with military coups.

A general election scheduled for October was postponed last week, probably until November.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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