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Martial law has been declared in Thailand

Living amidst political instability has become a way of life in Thailand. Things have recently become so unstable after six months of anti-government protests that Thailand's army has declared martial law reported Al Jazeera on May 19, 2014. Thailand's army says it intends to restore order in the country but that the move does not constitute a coup.

Views of martial law in Bangkok, Thailand.
Views of martial law in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Ever since May 7 when Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine of her ministers were dismissed after a court found them guilty of abuse of power Thailand has been caught in political limbo. A caretaker government is in office but there have remained concerns about the stability of the country. Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri said the caretaker government was still running the country. However, but the army is now in charge of security.

The Thai military most recently had put down a protest movement in 2010. There have been 11 coups staged by the Thai military since Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932. The last coup was in 2006 to oust former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was accused of corruption, abuse of power and disrespect for King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Tourism may be hurt by the martial law in Thailand reports the Bangkok Post. It has been projected the present tense situation in Thailand could cause a 5 percent fall in tourists this year. Already in the first four months of 2014 foreign tourism has dropped 4.9 percent from last year. This is of deep concern to Thais because tourism accounts for as much as 10 percent of gross domestic product in their country. Hopefully the Thai military and caretaker government will be able to restore order to Thailand very soon.