Thai Coup Does Not Bode Well
October 2, 2007, 2:04 am
Filed under: International Issues


Thai Coup Does Not Bode Well

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh



s Cambodians, we are saddened by the military coup in Thailand that ousted the democratically elected prime minister and his government. 

The coup is not only bad for Thai democracy. It also sets a bad example for other nations in Asia, especially neighboring countries which are mostly led by communist and military governments.

 Over the past decades, Thailand had been much applauded for its successful economic growth and its relatively healthy democracy. Many countries had looked at Thailand as a role model.

 All the good things achieved by the Thai people will be ruined by the coup unless Thailand gets back on its democratic path.

 Of course, Thailand doesn’t want to slide into severe disaster like neighboring Burma, where an authoritarian military regime came to power through the barrels of the guns in 1988.





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