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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Monday, September 25, 2006
BLOODLESS COUP IN THAILAND......WHILE THE CAT'S AWAY.....
As the Thai prime minister learned last week, when foreign leaders go overseas, they sometimes get overthrown.

Here's a few examples:

1. LEADER
Thailand's Thaksin Shinawatra
September 19,2006

SUCCESSOR
Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin

WHY LEADER WAS AWAY
To attend United Nations session in New York.

DETAIL
Thaksin canceled his planned UN speech and stated the obvious: "I did'nt expect this incident would happen".



2. LEADER
Mauritania's Maaoya
Sid'Ahmed Taya
August 3,2005

SUCCESSOR
Military Junta

WHY LEADER WAS AWAY
In Saudi Arabia for the funeral of King Fahd

DETAIL
There has "never been as crazy and dramatic a coup in Africa", Taya declared, somewhat improbably, according to Agence France-Presse.



3. LEADER
Afghan King
Mohammad Zahir Shah
July 17,1971

SUCCESSOR
Mohammad Daoud, the King's cousin

WHY LEADER WAS AWAY
Vacationing on the island of Ischia in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Naples, Italy

DETAIL
While his 40-year reign was ending, the king was undergoing "mineral water digestive treatments" and mud baths.


4. LEADER
Ugandan President
Milton Obote
January 25,1971

SUCCESSOR
Maj. Gen. Idi Amin

WHY LEADER WAS AWAY
Attending Commonwealth conference in Singpore

DETAIL
On radio, Amin's spokesmen told other countries to "keep noses out of Uganda's internal affairs".


5. LEADER
Cambodian Prince
Norodom Sihanouk
March 18,1970

SUCCESSOR
Gen.Lon Nol
backed by U.S.

WHY LEADER WAS AWAY
Visiting Soviet Leaders in Moscow.

DETAIL
The news was broken to him by Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin.


6. LEADER
Libyan King Idris I
September 1,1966

SUCCESSOR
Moammar Gadhafi

WHY WAS LEADER AWAY
In Turkey for medical treatment and a vacation

DETAIL
Idris was traveling with 32 attendants, five cars and 235 pieces of luggage.


7. LEADER
Ghanian President
Kwame Nkrumah
February 24,1966

SUCCESSOR
Military Junta

WHY LEADER WAS AWAY
Traveling to China

DETAIL
After arriving in Beijing and learning of the coup, Nkrumah attended the dinner in his honor anyway, but reportedly arrived 75 minutes late looking "tense and grim".


Here's the flip side -- someone who pulled off a coup while he was out of his own country: On Oct 12, 1999, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif fired army chief Gen. Pervez Musharaf while the military leader was on a visit to Sri Lanka. While Musharraf was flying back to Pakistan, his supporters overthrew Sharif and took power for him.



(source:SUNCHICTRIB/compiled by Mark Jacob from Tribune staff and news services)
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