General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government, saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms.

"In order for the country to return to normal quickly the National Peace Keeping Committee comprised of the army, the Thai armed forces, the Royal Air Force and the police need to seize power as of May 22 at 4.30 pm," the Army Chief said.
Prayuth made the announcement in a television broadcast after he held a meeting with all rival factions aimed at finding a solution to six months of anti-government protests.

He said the takeover would not affect international relations.

The armed forces were seizing power, two days after the military in a surprise pre-dawn move declared martial law to maintain order in the troubled South East Asian nation but denied it was a coup.


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