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It’s official. Thailand has now had its second military coup in eight years, and the 12th since abandoning the absolute monarchy in 1932. Last week’s takeover has been a “creeping coup,” an almost reluctant move by a military leadership fed up with a democratic process that seems unable to govern or bring stability to Thailand.

That frustration is understandable, but the inclination should have been resisted: A military government will not resolve Thailand’s problems. The best thing Gen. Prayuth Chan-choa, the prime mover behind the coup and the head of the new National Peace and Order Maintaining Council, can do is to produce a civilian government, one that represents the entire country, and hand power to them.

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