Military Coup Current Affairs - 2020

Nigerian Chief Aide of President Muhammadu Buhari dies of COVID-19

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief Aide Abba Kyari died of COVID-19 on April 17, 2020. He had tested positive for the disease and had been receiving treatment for the disease.

Abba Kyari

Abba Kyari controlled access to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. He was a former military ruler and had tested positive after his visit to Germany on March 29, 2020. Nigeria has imposed lock down in Abuja and Lagos that are the major economic hubs of Nigeria.

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammdu Buhari is the current President of Nigeria. He is a retired military general and served as military head between 1983 and 1985. He won the presidential elections in 2014.

Buharism

Buharism, in the politics of Nigeria has been named after him. Buharism was represented by two-way struggles. They are struggle with external globalism and struggle with internal agents and advocates.

Buharism rejected the popular Washington Consensus. This was done by the country to improve its balance of payments.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn officially crowned Rama X of Thailand

Thailand officially crowned its new King Maha Vajiralongkorn with Great Crown of Victory’ (one of five Royal Regalia i.e. symbols of kingship). He received a symbolic nine-tiered umbrella conferring him as ‘King Rama X of Thailand’. This coronation ceremony marks first ascension of a new monarch in past seven decades.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn

  • He became crown prince and official heir to throne in 1972.
  • He has been on throne since 2016, but according to Thai tradition he cannot be considered a divine representative on Earth nor main patron of Buddhism until he is consecrated (declared sacred). For this three day coronation ceremony began in Bangkok on 4 May 2019.
  • He is now titled Rama X, (or 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty).
  • Chakri dynasty, has been reigning since 1782. The last coronation was held for king’s father Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1950.
  • He recently married to his royal consort who would now be new Queen Suthida. This is kings forth marriage.

About Thailand

  • Thailand has a constitutional monarchy, but royal family is highly respected by Thais and holds considerable power. The country also has strict laws, known as ‘lese majeste’, which bans public criticism of monarchy. It thus shields royal family from public view and scrutiny.

Current Developments

  • Thailand is being run by an arch-royalist junta since 2014 military coup.
  • Even after general election held on 24 March 2019 (first since 2014 army coup) a new government is yet to be declared.
  • Although monarchy takes primacy in country but it is supported by the army.