Thailand Under Martial Law, Constitution Suspended


Thailand's military seized power of the country in a peaceful coup, suspending the constitution and dispersing groups of protesters Thursday.

Thailand Military Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha announced on a national television broadcast that the commission that imposed martial law will also take over the administration.

The military has also imposed a national curfew from 10 p.m to 5 a.m. and has ordered 18 government officials, including the ousted prime minister, to report immediately to the country's new governing military commission.

"We ask the public not to panic and to carry on their lives normally," Prayuth said. "And civil servants stay in every ministry, carry on your responsibilities as normal."

The bloodless coup has dissolved the government and the constitution but the Senate remains in place.

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