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PHOTO: Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Thailand's Deputy PM Prawit last year - Nation Thailand

Myanmar’s military have seized power in a bloodless coup this morning. The elected NLD party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has been deposed following months of tense speculation by Burmese army leaders over alleged voter fraud after last November’s general election. Out of 476 seats up for grabs in last November’s general election, the military backed party only won 33 seats.

State Counsellor Suu Kyi, the de-facto leader of the country before today, has been arrested, along with other senior NLD politicians, in the lead up to today’s coup.

In Thailand, also a military government, turned quasi-democracy following the March 2019 election, the response has been generally accepting of the seizure of power, certainly without any condemnation of the Burmese army’s actions. Thai Deputy PM Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said the issue was “for Myanmar to resolve and an internal affair of the country”.

He stated that it was “an internal, personal affair of Myanmar and not Thailand’s direct issue”.

But Gen Prawit did express concern of Burmese people potentially fleeing the country illegally and crossing Thailand’s 2,500 kilometre long shared border, “who could have Covid-19 and spread the disease to North Thailand”.

He stated that meetings would take place with relevant agencies on how to ensure the borders would stay secure and that the Covid-19 Coronavirus was not possibly spread further.

Read about the arrests this morning of the former Myanmar government’s leaders HERE.

Read more about this morning’s military coup HERE.

 

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16 Comments

16 Comments

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    Nipral

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    “In Thailand also a military government turned quasi-democracy ….”!
    Democracy is like pregnancy : either you are or you aren’t !!!! A lady is not
    “quasi-pregnant”, a country is not quasi-democratic. Thailand is not !!!

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:22 pm

      Sorry, Nipral, but that’s a definite “no”.

      I’m not suggesting Thailand is “democratic” but there are a couple of hundred different versions of “democracy”.

      In the US two out of the last five “democratically elected” presidents lost the popular vote.

      The majority in the US upper house can be (and often are) elected by a minority of the people.

      Those that follow the “Westminster” system can (and often do) have a government (lower house) with a clear majority of Parliament elected by a clear minority of the voters … and that’s without even going into the absurdity of the UK upper house.

      Some countries are more democratic than others, with proportional representation, while others, such as Iran and the UK, include the leaders of the official state religion.

      It’s far from black and white.

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        Nipral

        Monday, February 1, 2021 at 8:28 pm

        The Boot Licker and BS in Chief spoke !!! And some comments are more stupid than others !
        Yours in particular. But you are right there is democracy and democracy, some like you would argue that there is even democracy or democracy, personally I insist that there is only democracy !!!?????
        Time to hit your bed.

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        EdwardV

        Monday, February 1, 2021 at 11:25 pm

        “In the US two out of the last five “democratically elected” presidents lost the popular vote.” – The entire electoral college system aside, the US government system isn’t a democracy, it’s a constitutional republic. What you correctly point out about the US upper house (Senate), actually applies to every single elected office in the country. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s just as applicable. While the US lower house is proportional representative, the upper house is anything but that with each state having equal representation regardless of population. Also unlike some countries, neither the lower or upper house can override each other.

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        Dreamon

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:36 pm

        You know nothing about democracy, you are just a window licker payed by the dictatorship, Thailandia isn’t a democracy, even the UK isn’t a democracy, go back to your Nazi cave and shutup

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    Timmytime

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    How many deputy PM’s has Thailand got really????. The coup in Myanmar kind of reminds me of a certain neighbouring country which starts with the letter T. 13 coups and counting, a world record that cant be beaten.

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      Not quite correct, Timmytime.

      For the “record”, that “13” you’ve counted are only the successful ones, but there are plenty of others vying for the record like Bolivia, Iran and Haiti.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Of course he won’t speak ill of the coup……..there family after all……….

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    Pedro

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    This is the future of Thailand should the military backed party not get enough votes to form a government. You know it will happen, which is why, of course, the Thai government will not condemn it. How can they? They did it themselves. The Military are supposed to exist to protect the people under the orders and control of an elected civilian government. Then the coup happens, and what should be living in a paradise becomes a living hell, unless you are an army general, of course.

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    Graham White

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Didn’t realise the Watchman was still alive. I wish him well. His time will come.

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    Luca

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    the rules of the game cannot be confused with the purpose of the game, in democratic countries there are free elections and the results have effect according to constitutional rules that do not allow a person to take power, the case of Trunp is emblematic, despite the president of the usa was a liar cheater democratic institutions have done their job by electing president Biden, in countries such as burma, thailand and above all china elections are a scam and there are no institutions that guarantee respect for the result of the elections.
    Asia is destined to become one great dictatorship under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party

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    Nipral

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    The Boot Licker and BS in Chief spoke !!! And some comments are more stupid than others !
    Yours in particular. But you are right there is democracy and democracy, some like you would argue that there is even democracy or democracy, personally I insist that there is only democracy !!!?????
    Time to hit your bed.

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    Bill

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:23 am

    Thai PM be like ‘yo, dis is how it’s dun’

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    who are you

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 6:43 am

    I think everyone here is well and truely distracted, by the game, from the bigger picture here. we do not belong here! we where put here! why? to serve a purpose…. what is that purpose and by who you ask? obviously the ones that controll the people that controll us. purpose unknown. until the day comes when nobody wants that responsibility anymore and doesnt want to play the game and lavish in all the wealth that comes with it. The beast will roam and be well fed. whos turn is it next to be the beast? would you be the beast if given the chance, he asks?

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      Toby Andrews

      Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      Who asks?

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    Social Observer

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    The pot is not going to call the kettle black.

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