November 30, 2004 |
MY SHORT HAPPY LIFE AS AN ISLAND DESPOT BEGAN with two runaway thoughts just before dawn. How about I don't go to the office? How about I take over an island instead? Usually, like all those resignation speeches and salary demands rehearsed beneath the shower nozzles of America every morning, these thoughts pass. But not this time. This was a Thursday. And the truth is, if you know where to look, your odds of staging an island coup on a Southern California winter weekday are not bad.
July 26, 1996 |
The Tutsi-led army defied world leaders and carried out a successful coup Thursday, sealing this embattled country's borders and installing an ethnic Tutsi to replace the Hutu president who is still under the protection of the U.S. ambassador here.
September 20, 2006 |
Thai military forces launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra late Tuesday, declaring martial law nationwide and seizing control of television stations as tanks and soldiers surrounded the prime minister's residence. Retired Lt. Gen. Prapart Sakuntanak, a spokesman for the coup's organizers, addressed a stunned nation on television, saying the revolt was necessary because Thaksin's government had divided the country and corruption was rampant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1995 |
Sheriff Larry Carpenter gets mobbed these days by colleagues across the state. So does Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury. The word is out. These two lawmen have pulled off a bloodless political coup in Ventura County, combining their power to become a virtually untouchable force in county government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2012 |
Chadli Bendjedid, who served as the third president of Algeria before being overthrown in a bloodless military coup in 1992 as he was phasing in democratic reforms, died Saturday. He was 83. Bendjedid died at a military hospital in Algiers, according to the state news agency. He had been admitted last week for kidney-related problems. He emerged from the political shadows to take power in 1979 after the death of President Houari Boumedienne, a vociferous and radical Third World leader who gave refuge to hijackers and terrorists, and supported liberation movements on far-flung shores.
March 14, 1991 |
Chatchai Choonhavan, ousted as Thailand's prime minister in a bloodless coup 17 days ago, arrived in London on Wednesday. He is bound for Switzerland, where he has a home.
December 30, 1990 |
The National Assembly confirmed the army's choice for president without a vote, and some members stormed out of the chamber in protest when plans for a secret ballot were scuttled. The new president, Johan Kraag, was sworn in five days after the military ousted President Ramsewak Shankar in a bloodless coup.
July 8, 2002 |
Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has decreed that any former prime minister who held the post for two terms is ineligible to hold it again. The move is apparently intended to shut out Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif from October elections aimed at returning Pakistan to democracy. Musharraf seized power in 1999, toppling Sharif in a bloodless coup. Bhutto and Sharif are in exile but have indicated that they may return prior to the vote.
October 15, 2004 |
Lawmakers passed a bill allowing President Pervez Musharraf to remain as army chief, reversing his earlier promises to step down from the post and raising cries from opponents who say he has too much power. Musharraf's government, which pushed the new law through, said the measure would ensure stability. The law's passage through the National Assembly came just days after the fifth anniversary of the bloodless coup that brought Musharraf to power.
January 30, 2006 |
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said she planned to return to Pakistan from her self-imposed exile before the next elections in 2007 even if it meant risking arrest. Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, an ally of the U.S. in the war on terrorism, took power in a bloodless coup in 1999, and Bhutto said she didn't want the only election choices to be Musharraf's military-led government and Islamic militants.