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A referendum of East Timorese people was held on 30 August 1999 to choose between independence and Australian troops provide protection for the Dili Fire Service during the 2006 crisis 30 Vietnam SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM like a crescent, Shaped Vietnam occupies the eastern coast of the Indo-China Type of government Communist one-party state Capital Hanoi Head of state President Head of government Prime Minister Constitution 1992 Legislature Unicameral National Assembly Voting age 18 years Land area 331 210 km² Highest point 3144 m Population 91 519 289 Ethnic groups Vietnamese 86%, various minorities Faiths None 80%, Buddhist 9%, Christian 7%, others 4% Languages Vietnamese, English Currency Dong peninsula in South-east Asia.

He was subsequently Kittikachorn Prime Minister for one year. Sarit then removed by the Constitutional Court because of a took the job himself, declaring martial law. After Sarit’s conflict of interest over, of all things, hosting a TV death in 1963, Thanom returned. US military bases were cooking program. established to support the growing war in Vietnam. Large The nation descended into chaos as the army numbers of Thai soldiers were sent to fight in the conflict. manipulated subsequent governments and party supporters The 1968 constitution revived civilian rule with staged violent demonstrations.

Bangkok, the government collapsed. Sanya Thammasak During 2010 the streets of Bangkok was appointed Prime Minister and were rocked by violent protests. another new constitution was Wat Phra Kaew — Temple of Demonstrators closed down the introduced a year later. the Emerald Buddha — part of international airport, badly affecting Another coup in 1976 took the nation the Royal Palace in Bangkok Thailand’s lucrative tourism industry. back under military control. General On 26 December 2004 a huge Kriangsak Chamanand was Prime earthquake in the Indian Ocean off Minister until 1980, when he was Sumatra set off a devastating tsunami.

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