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Thailand History Timeline

2000s continued
  • (2006) Over 50,000 people took part in rally in Bangkok to demand resignation of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
  • (2006) Fourth protest against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra took place when thousands of Thais marched to Government House
  • (2006) Government extended state of emergency in southern Thailand after Muslim insurgency left over 1,000 dead
  • (2006) Election called by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was boycotted by opposition, annulled; he stepped down for a seven-week break from politics
  • (2006) Bloodless coup by military leaders resulted in Retired General Surayud Chulanont's appointment as interim prime minister
  • (2007) Martial law lifted in more than half the country
  • (2007) 29 bombings, 20 additional attacks occurred in the four southernmost provinces within 45 minutes
  • (2007) Police claimed Islamic separatists set fire to Thailand's largest rubber warehouse, killed four
  • (2007) First draft of new constitution approved by committee
  • (2007) Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's Thai Rak Thai party banned
  • (2007) Two senior officials of Thai Rak Party found guilty of election fraud
  • (2007) Court disbanded Thai Rak Party, barred Shinawatra and party executives from politics for five years
  • (2007) In referendum, voters approved new military-drafted constitution; democracy restored
  • (2007) People Power Party won most votes in elections, marked major step to return to civilian rule
  • (2008) Samak Sundaravej of People Power Party (PPP) sworn in as prime minister, civilian rule returned
  • (2008) Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned from exile
  • (2008) Several thousand protestors calling for resignation of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej for trying to change constitution for self-interest purposes, interfering with corruption charges against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra pushed through police cordon
  • (2008) Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej agreed to resign if he lost a no-confidence vote in Parliament
  • (2008) New corruption charges filed against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
  • (2008) Pojaman Shinawatra, wife of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, found guilty of fraud, sentenced to three years in jail; granted bail pending appeal
  • (2008) Thaksin and family fled to Britain after failing to appear in court for corruption charges
  • (2008) Prime Minister Samak and Cabinet forced to resign after he violated constitution by hosting TV cooking shows while in office; Somchai Wongsawat chosen by parliament as new prime minister
  • (2008) Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra given two-year jail sentence for corruption
  • (2008) Protestors blockaded Thailand's main airports in battle to topple government, closed airports for two weeks, over 350,000 passengers unable to fly
  • (2008) Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat forced from office by a Constitutional Court ruling; People Power Party disbanded for electoral fraud, leaders barred from politics for five years
  • (2008) Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva formed coalition to become new prime minister
  • (2008) Abhisit Vejjajiva elected prime minister in parliamentary vote
  • (2009) Massive rallies held against government's economic policies
  • (2009) Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva moved troops into Bangkok to end opposition protest, more than 120 people injured
  • (2009) Cambodia's appointment of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as economic adviser caused row between two countries; Cambodia took control of Thai-owned air traffic control company
  • (2009) About 4,000 ethnic Hmong were deported back to Laos ; UN and USA expressed concern about their possible reception
  • (2010) Supreme Court ruled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of illegally acquiring $1.4 billion during his terms; stripped family of half its wealth

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