What Led To The Bangkok Bombing?

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After years of conflict, a deadly explosion in Bangkok is raising new fears of political instability. So, what is going on in Thailand?

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A Bangkok bombing will roil Thai politics
“Low-level political violence is not uncommon in Thailand-which is riven by a kind of class war in which two military coups have succeeded in less than ten years-but the attack on August 17th was unprecedented in scale.”

Thai Authorities Say Bangkok Bombing Suspect Did Not Act Alone
“Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said the suspect should surrender or risk being killed by associates.”

Thailand confirms Yingluck Shinawatra as first female PM (theguardian.com)
“Thai lawmakers have elected Yingluck Shinawatra as the country’s first female prime minister on Friday, setting the stage for the 44-year-old political novice to take charge of a deeply divided nation wracked by turmoil since her brother was ousted in a 2006 coup.”

World Report 2015: Thailand
“The military staged a coup on May 22, 2014, establishing the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) junta and sending Thailand’s human rights situation into free fall.”

As it happened: Thailand coup
“Dramatic developments in Thailand as the army chief gives a televised address to say the military has seized power, intending to restore order and enact political reforms.”

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