February 28, 2008 / 2:38 AM / 12 years ago

TIMELINE: Thailand since 2006 coup ousted Thaksin

(Reuters) - Here are some of the political and economic milestones since Thailand’s bloodless coup in September 2006:

* September 9, 2006: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra leaves Thailand on a personal and official tour starting in Finland and including the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

* September 19: The military stages a coup as Thaksin prepares to address the United Nations. Thaksin, winner of two landslide elections and in power for five years, goes into exile in London.

* October 1: Former army commander-in-chief Surayud Chulanont is sworn in as interim prime minister. Thaksin steps down as Thai Rak Thai (Thais Love Thais) party leader two days later.

* December 19: Stock exchange plunges 14.8 percent, the biggest one-day drop in its history, after the Bank of Thailand announces stringent capital controls to stem a rise of the baht.

* December 31: Bombs in Bangkok kill three people and wound more than 30 as crowds celebrate New Year’s Eve. There have been no arrests.

* January 9, 2007: Foreign investors receive another shock as controversial changes to the Foreign Business Act are proposed.

* February 21: Somkid Jatusripitak, a former finance minister and architect of Thaksin’s pro-business policies, resigns as economic adviser to the interim government six days after his appointment outrages Thaksin opponents.

* February 28: Finance Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula quits, blaming cabinet infighting. He is succeeded by Chalongphob Sussangkarn.

* March 26: Prosecutors charge Thaksin’s wife, Potjaman, her brother and secretary with tax evasion, the first charges to emerge from an investigation into alleged corruption under Thaksin.

* March 29: Surayud announces a general election will be held in December.

* May 30: The Constitutional Tribunal dissolves Thai Rak Thai for breaking election laws and bans Thaksin and 110 other leading members of the party from politics for five years.

* August 20: Voters endorse new military-drafted constitution, Thailand’s 18th in 75 years of on-off democracy. Government declares victory and promises an election before the year end.

* Oct 1: Coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin steps down as army chief to become a deputy prime minister in charge of internal security.

* Dec 5: Revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej calls for national unity as Thailand’s 64 million people celebrate his 80th birthday.

* Dec 23: Pro-Thaksin People Power Party falls only just short of outright majority in a general election.

* Jan 8: Thaksin’s wife, Potjaman, returned to Thailand after months of exile, to fight corruption charges

* Jan 18: Thailand’s Supreme Court absolves PPP of election fraud. A day later, the PPP announces agreement on a six-party coalition government.

* Jan 19: PPP declares a coalition government with five small allies to lead a coalition government, agreeing to their condition to let justice take course on Thaksin charges.

Jan 22: The military council which ousted Thaksin disbands itself and promises there will be no more coups.

* Jan 28: Parliament elects PPP leader Samak Sundaravej prime minister.

* Feb 6: The new cabinet, packed with Thaksin allies, is sworn in by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, marking the return of elected government.

* Feb 22: A senior Justice Ministry official supervising a probe of Thaksin is removed.

* Feb 28: Thaksin flies back to Bangkok to be greeted by thousands of supporters who expect him to be the man in charge despite him saying again he is done with politics.

(Compiled by Bangkok bureau)

Editing by Michael Battye and Sanjeev Miglani

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