Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama shares a light moment with an election official before casting his election vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in the capital Suva. Polling booths opened on Wednesday in Fiji’s first election since a 2006 military coup, with police reporting no early problems and a festive atmosphere prevailing in the South Pacific nation’s capital.
Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama attends a national thanksgiving service for the release of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights last month, at the ANZ Stadium in the capital Suva. Speaking at the service, Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau called for a violence-free election as the South pacific nation prepares to return to democracy almost eight years after a military coup.
Military policemen hold their weapons as they are surrounded by a mob during a confrontation between anti-coup protesters and military at the Victory monument in Bangkok
A woman waits for business in the red light district despite the curfew in Bangkok, Thailand, following a coup. The country’s new military ruler on Monday declared the coup royally approved and warned his junta would use force to crush peaceful anti-putsch protests.
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Police and soldiers stand guard outside a military compound before former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to meet Thailand’s ruling military in Bangkok. The new rulers summoned the entire former government and members of the politically influential Shinawatra family a day after it seized control in a bloodless coup. Thailand has seen months of unrest, which has claimed at least 28 lives in politically related violence.
Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club, where Thailand’s army chief held a meeting with all rival factions in central Bangkok. Thailand’s army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, took control of the government in the coup on Thursday, saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law.
Army soldiers ask a female supporter of Egypt’s overthrown president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to take her protest to the pavement as they stand guard near Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday.
An Egyptian man waves the national flag during a protest against Mohamed Morsi, president of Egypt, in Tahrir Square, on Wednesday. Egypt was heading for a confrontation between the military and the Islamist president, who has rejected an army ultimatum to end a political standoff with his opponents. Hours before the ultimatum expired at 14.30 GMT, the army leaked details of a roadmap that includes overthrowing Mr Morsi, scrapping the constitution, dissolving parliament and forming a government of independents headed by an army general