May 27 - Bangkok residents wonder if miliitary can solve political problems after taking over. Katie Sargent reports
It looked like business as usual on the streets of the Thai capital -- Bangkok -- on Tuesday. The streets and sidewalks were crowded with morning commuters. But as people go about their day, many are wondering about the implications of the military coup. The Army Chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha on Monday was formally endorsed by Thailand's king as the head of the military council which will lead the country. Residents had mixed reactions to his appointment. (Soundbite) (Thai) 60-year old food vendor, Puttinun Samanawiriya, saying: "I don't really have much hope because, in the end, no coups in the past have succeeded in governing the country." (Soundbite) (Thai) 35-year old company employee, Saranya Phinthurak, saying: "I do have faith in Prayuth Chan-Ocha because at this minute, democracy was not able to move on from what we've seen. There's both the supporting and anti-coup protests. I wish the soldiers, those in power will step in to help resolve the conflict in Thailand." Prayuth and the other military rulers will get to work on Tuesday focusing on restoring order after seven months of sometimes deadly protests. They'll also have to fo on boosting the economy which is on the brink of recession.