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US: Thai Military Rule Likely to Last Longer Than Expected

Mlitary rule in Thailand is likely to last longer than expected and has been more repressive than after the country's last coup in 2006, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. The official told a congressional hearing Washington was still looking at whether the big regional Cobra Gold military exercise held annually in Thailand could go ahead there next year given the military takeover in May. “Initially, we held out hope that - as happened with the 2006 coup - the military would...

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