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Timeline of the political crisis in Thailand
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Timeline of the political crisis in Thailand

Some key dates in the long-running conflict since the last coup nearly eight years ago:

Thai army chief holds rare meeting of political rivals
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Thai army chief holds rare meeting of political rivals

Thailand's military has hosted ground-breaking talks between warring political rivals after imposing martial law to prevent the deeply divided kingdom degenerating into another "Ukraine or Egypt".

Thai army chief urges rivals to talk following martial law
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Thai army chief urges rivals to talk following martial law

Thailand's army declared martial law nationwide on Tuesday to restore order after six months of street protests that have left the country without a proper functioning government, but insisted the surprise intervention was not a military coup.

Selfies with soldiers: The martial law inspired fad in Thailand
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Selfies with soldiers: The martial law inspired fad in Thailand

Thailand seems to have become accustomed to the sight of soldiers marching on the street. Most passers-by barely blinked as troops and jeeps mounted with machine guns took to the streets on Tuesday. A few clicked selfies with the armed soldiers.

Thailand's army declares martial law, denies coup attempts
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Thailand's army declares martial law, denies coup attempts

Thailand's army declared martial law before dawn today in a surprise announcement it said was aimed at keeping the country stable after six months of sometimes violent political unrest. The military, however, denied a coup d'etat was underway.

No budget, no elevators: political crisis gums up Thai government
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No budget, no elevators: political crisis gums up Thai government

Bangkok's Government House, the seat of power in the heart of the Thai capital, has stood empty for six months, except for the troops guarding it from protesters who want to oust the administration and overhaul Thailand's democracy.

Thailand: Protest leader sets deadline to oust government
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Thailand: Protest leader sets deadline to oust government

Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban today set 27 May as deadline to oust the government and said he would surrender to the authorities if he did not succeed

Thai crisis: Leader promises a final push for alternative PM
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Thai crisis: Leader promises a final push for alternative PM

"It must come to an end. Whether it will be a happy ending depends on the great mass of people in this country and our state officials."

Thailand: Two protestors killed, 22 injured in attack
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Thailand: Two protestors killed, 22 injured in attack

The attack brings the nationwide toll since protests began last November to 27 dead and 800 wounded.

Thailand: Senate to approach ex-PM Thaksin to resolve crisis
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Thailand: Senate to approach ex-PM Thaksin to resolve crisis

Senator Wanchai Sornsiri urged acting Senate Speaker Surachai Liangboonlertchai to contact Thaksin Shinawatra.

Interim Thai PM looks to fix a date for polls as coup fears mount
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Interim Thai PM looks to fix a date for polls as coup fears mount

Six months of anti-government protests have brought sporadic violence to the streets of Bangkok, threatened to tip the economy into recession and even raised fears of civil war.

Thailand government supporters gather to defend democracy
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Thailand government supporters gather to defend democracy

"We are here to show that we don't agree with the anti-government protesters' mission to install their own unelected prime minister," Thanawut Wichaidit, a spokesman for pro-government activists known as red shirts, told Reuters.

Ousted Thai PM faces impeachment after senate vote
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Ousted Thai PM faces impeachment after senate vote

The 7-0 verdict means she faces a vote by the Senate that could lead to impeachment and end her political career for five years.

Thailand PM quits after court finds her guilty of abuse of power
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Thailand PM quits after court finds her guilty of abuse of power

The campaign against Yingluck has been the latest chapter in Thailand's political upheaval that began when her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted by a 2006 military coup

Embattled Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra testifies in abuse of power case
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Embattled Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra testifies in abuse of power case

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra defended herself on Tuesday against abuse of power allegations in a crucial court case that is one of several legal challenges which could remove her from office.

Thai constitutional court declares Feb general election invalid
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Thai constitutional court declares Feb general election invalid

The 2 February polls, called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in an unsuccessful attempt to ease a months-old political crisis, have not yet been completed because of disruption by demonstrators.

Thailand's political fork in the road: Awakening of the rural poor
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Thailand's political fork in the road: Awakening of the rural poor

In Thailand the continuing political crisis between the red shirts and yellow shirts is really about two different visions for the country, and a rural population that has found a sense of upward mobility.

Thai anti-govt protesters criticised for targeting business linked to PM
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Thai anti-govt protesters criticised for targeting business linked to PM

The protests have already taken a toll on the economy, on tourism in particular, with arrivals in Bangkok sharply down.

Thailand: Police remove 100 anti-govt protesters from rally site
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Thailand: Police remove 100 anti-govt protesters from rally site

Thai police detained and removed about 100 anti-government protesters who were camped out near a government ministry in Bangkok on Tuesday in a major effort to push back demonstrators who have occupied key sites around the capital.

Protesters vow to annul Thailand polls, step up rallies
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Protesters vow to annul Thailand polls, step up rallies

Anti-government protesters in Thailand vowed Monday to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead with efforts to nullify an election they disrupted, preventing millions of people from voting.