Why military coups are never good for democracy September 21, 2006Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, International, Politics, Southeast Asia.
Committee for Reform announcements and orders [as of 11.50, 20/09/06]
State of emergency in Bangkok is removed.
Military and police to make no movement without orders from the Committee for Reform.
Committee for Reform will abolish:
Privy counsellors will remain.
All courts, except the Constitutional Court, will remain as normal and can make decisions according to laws and Announcements of the Committee for Reform.
Announcement 4: On administration.
While there is no PM or cabinet, all administrative power rests with the head of the Committee (Gen Sonthi).
While there is no cabinet, all Ministries are under the control of their permanent secretaries, unless the head of the Committee orders otherwise.
Committee for Reform asks university students to submit their views and suggestions on reforms in order to return democracy to the country as soon as possible.
The Committee for Reform asks labourers and farmers to be peaceful during this time.
Martial Law declared nationally, gatherings of over five people prohibited, jail terms up to 6 months for offenders.
Prohibited to increase prices of goods, or stockpile goods and refusal to sell goods. Offenders will be arrested.
From 19th Sept onwards, Committee for Reform will abide by UN and international standards and act according to obligations under international conventions to which Thailand is party to. All embassies will be protected by the Committee.
Committee for Reform asks for cooperation in reporting news from all agencies and reporters to report truthfully and constructively in order to promote unity and re-build the nation and restore peace to the country.
In order to restore peace, Officials of the Committee have been appointed in the following postions:
Supreme Army Commander – President and Advisor to Committee
Commander of Army (Gen Sonthi) – Head of Committee
Commander of Navy – Deputy head of Committee
Commander of Airforce – Second deputy head of Committee
Police Chief – Third deputy head of Committee
Secretary-General of NSC (Gen Winai) – Secretary of Committee
All government officials, heads of departments and agencies and deans of universities in Bangkok and surrounding areas to report to the Committee for Reform at the Army Barracks on Rachadumnern Rd. at 9am on 20 Sept to be briefed on new administrative procedures.
20 September is declared a public holiday, and bank holiday, and the stock exchange of Thailand will be closed, in order to give time to ensure the situation is under control.
Order 4/2549: Briefing for ambassadors
Since there is great interest in the developments in Thailand, the Committee has asked the MFA to invite diplomats to attend a briefing at 13.00 at the Kittikachon hall, the Supreme Army Headquarters. Please send names of diplomats to attend the briefing by 11.00.
Order 5/2549: Internet
Asked the Ministry of Technology and Communication to restrict and close internet reports and sites which are incorrect and impact on the progress of the reforms.