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May 27, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thai soldiers returned to their barracks after the acting prime minister voided a state of emergency put in place by his embattled predecessor. The acting prime minister, Meechai Ruchupan, also threatened to dissolve Parliament and call new elections to end Thailand's political impasse.
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May 27, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thai soldiers returned to their barracks after the acting prime minister voided a state of emergency put in place by his embattled predecessor. The acting prime minister, Meechai Ruchupan, also threatened to dissolve Parliament and call new elections to end Thailand's political impasse.
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BUSINESS
April 20, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Finance Minister Reappointed: Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon formed a Cabinet that is expected to continue Thailand's traditionally pro-West economic and foreign policies. Technocrat Suthee Singhasaneh, 63, who was finance minister in the interim government the military appointed after its February, 1991, coup, was reappointed.
NEWS
May 26, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a month of demonstrations culminating in the resignation of a controversial prime minister, Thailand's Parliament on Monday quickly adopted long-sought constitutional reforms. The most significant piece of legislation was a constitutional amendment requiring that the prime minister be an elected member of Parliament. The amendment was proposed after Suchinda Kraprayoon, the former supreme commander of the Thai armed forces, was appointed prime minister April 7.
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May 11, 1992 | From Associated Press
The opposition today ended broad protests after the government agreed to a plan that could result in Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon's resignation in months, a politician said. The eight days of rallies by tens of thousands of people were Thailand's largest protests in two decades. Protesters who had been encamped on one of the city's main streets left the area early this morning.
NEWS
May 26, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a month of demonstrations culminating in the resignation of a controversial prime minister, Thailand's Parliament on Monday quickly adopted long-sought constitutional reforms. The most significant piece of legislation was a constitutional amendment requiring that the prime minister be an elected member of Parliament. The amendment was proposed after Suchinda Kraprayoon, the former supreme commander of the Thai armed forces, was appointed prime minister April 7.
NEWS
April 6, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A coalition of Thai political parties Sunday named the country's supreme military commander as the next prime minister after a week of embarrassing revelations that their first candidate had been denied a U.S. visa because of allegations of involvement with the illegal drug trade. The selection of Gen. Suchinda Kraprayoon may prove equally controversial, since he is a leader of the military junta that overthrew the last elected government in February, 1991.
NEWS
May 19, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two adversaries in the government crisis now unfolding in Thailand are tough, unyielding figures who spent their formative years in the caldron of Thailand's military rather than in the compromise world of politics. But a mixture of differing backgrounds, age and even unorthodox religious beliefs helped place them on a collision course.
NEWS
May 23, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Political support for embattled Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon collapsed Friday, with a coalition of five governing parties saying it now is prepared to replace him after this week's violent anti-government protests. Today, The Nation newspaper reported that Suchinda met with King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday night and agreed to resign.
NEWS
May 25, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jubilant Thais celebrated the resignation of the nation's prime minister Sunday, but many demanded the cancellation of a royal amnesty that protects him and military leaders from prosecution for the deaths of unarmed demonstrators. Suchinda Kraprayoon, the former armed forces commander, went on national television at noon Sunday and said he is resigning to "show my political responsibility" for last week's violence during pro-democracy demonstrations.
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May 25, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jubilant Thais celebrated the resignation of the nation's prime minister Sunday, but many demanded the cancellation of a royal amnesty that protects him and military leaders from prosecution for the deaths of unarmed demonstrators. Suchinda Kraprayoon, the former armed forces commander, went on national television at noon Sunday and said he is resigning to "show my political responsibility" for last week's violence during pro-democracy demonstrations.
BUSINESS
May 25, 1992 | ELIZABETH LU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the resignation of Thailand's controversial prime minister Sunday, the stock market is expected to recover today from a slide begun with last week's political violence, according to brokers here. "I think the market should go up tomorrow," Kongkiat Opaswongkarn, managing director of Baring Research Ltd., said Sunday night.
NEWS
May 24, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Embattled Thai Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon, who angered the nation when troops brutally shot down unarmed demonstrators last week, resigned in disgrace today. Appearing on national television, the gaunt-looking former general expressed remorse for the killings and said he hoped the nation would begin to heal itself after his departure.
NEWS
May 23, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Political support for embattled Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon collapsed Friday, with a coalition of five governing parties saying it now is prepared to replace him after this week's violent anti-government protests. Today, The Nation newspaper reported that Suchinda met with King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday night and agreed to resign.
NEWS
May 23, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seated on a sidewalk next to an electric fan, Chalad Vorachat seems an unlikely choice for the martyr of Thai politics. A 49-year-old proprietor of provincial cable television networks, Chalad has been on a hunger strike since Suchinda Kraprayoon was appointed prime minister last month. Chalad vividly recalls his last meal, at 2 a.m. on April 8. "Fighting for democracy is more important than a life," he says matter-of-factly.
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May 22, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Big Su is a murderer," said a pamphlet handed out in central Bangkok, using the newspaper nickname of Thai Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon. A blood-soaked shrub wore a yellow sign that read: "The Tree of Democracy." Joss sticks burned in memory of the dead, and passers-by hung garlands of purple orchids on the shrub's broken branches. Mourners tied a black sash around the wide girth of the capital's Democracy Monument.
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May 22, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Big Su is a murderer," said a pamphlet handed out in central Bangkok, using the newspaper nickname of Thai Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon. A blood-soaked shrub wore a yellow sign that read: "The Tree of Democracy." Joss sticks burned in memory of the dead, and passers-by hung garlands of purple orchids on the shrub's broken branches. Mourners tied a black sash around the wide girth of the capital's Democracy Monument.
NEWS
April 8, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This country's long and convoluted journey on the road to democracy took a new turn Tuesday when the army general who helped engineer last year's military coup became the country's new civilian prime minister. Gen. Suchinda Kraprayoon, the 58-year-old army commander in chief and the supreme military leader, was appointed to head the government by a decree issued by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. "My appointment was unexpected," Suchinda told reporters.
NEWS
May 21, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After four days of bloody political unrest, Thailand's revered monarch intervened in the nation's political crisis Wednesday night, prompting the government to release the imprisoned leader of pro-democracy forces, offer conditional amnesty for other protesters and agree to amend the constitution to end the turmoil. Pressure had been building throughout the day on Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon, the target of the anti-government protests, to step aside or face a possible military takeover.
NEWS
May 19, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two adversaries in the government crisis now unfolding in Thailand are tough, unyielding figures who spent their formative years in the caldron of Thailand's military rather than in the compromise world of politics. But a mixture of differing backgrounds, age and even unorthodox religious beliefs helped place them on a collision course.
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