Thai Army Stages Coup

The Economic Times - - World View -

Thai­land’s mil­i­tary seized power in a blood­less coup, dis­solv­ing the govern­ment, sus­pend­ing the con­sti­tu­tion and dis­pers­ing groups of pro­test­ers from both sides of the po­lit­i­cal di­vide who had gath­ered in Bangkok and raised fears of a vi­o­lent show­down. The army chief, Gen­eral Prayuth Chanocha, an­nounced the takeover in a state­ment on na­tional tele­vi­sion. It was fol­lowed by an or­der for top govern­ment of­fi­cials — in­clud­ing the ousted PM — to re­port im­me­di­ately to the coun­try’s new gov­ern­ing mil­i­tary com­mis­sion.

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