Election of 2001 After absorbing several smaller parties, TRT gained an absolute majority in the lower house of the Parliament, controlling 296 of 500 seats.
Election of 2005 Thegeneral election held on 6 February 2005 resulted in another landslide victory for Thaksin and TRT, which controlled 374 seats in Parliament's lower house. Thaksin's populist policies found great favour inrural areas which aided him.
While Thaksin was in New York City to make a speech at UN Headquarters, there was a conspiracy to create a violent clash to brutally end the month-long PADprotest. Just in time to prevent the alleged clash, the military seized power on 19 September 2006.The Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM) led by General SonthiBoonyaratglin was formed. Political activities were banned by the junta after the coup on 19 September 2006.
The 1997 Constitution was abrogated, although most of the institutions of government remainedintact.
During 2006 and 2007, organized underground terrorist activities took place, burning numerous schools in rural areas of the north and the northeast of Thailand and bombs planted inten locations in Bangkok killed and injured several people on the New Year's Eve of 2006.
A national referendum for the 2007 constitution was called by the military and the 2007 constitution wasaccepted by the majority of the voters. The junta promised a democratic general election which was finally held on 23 December 2007, sixteen months after the coup. New constitution – room for militaryto operate and resolve disputes
The constitutional court unanimously dissolved the populist Thai Rak Thai party following a punishment according to the 1997 constitution, banning 111 TRT membersfrom politics for five years.
In December 2007, the military junta organized the promised elections which brought back to power many former partisans of Thaksin Shinawatra. Samak...
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