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General Prayuth Chan-ocha

Down to work on economy, Thai army stifles dissent

Down to work on economy, Thai army stifles dissent

Thailand's military rulers settled down to work at their Bangkok headquarters on Tuesday, firmly in charge with royal endorsement but facing small protests that the security forces have handled with restraint. Coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had been formally recognised by King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of a military council...

Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck

Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck

Thailand's military rulers detained former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday, a senior officer said, after summoning her for talks a day after the army overthrew her caretaker government in a coup. As the army moved to consolidate its grip on the country, its chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, set out his plans for the country, saying reforms were needed before an election. But some Thais defied martial law to protest against the takeover. Prayuth launched his coup after rival factions refused to give ground in a struggle for power between the royalist establishment and Yingluck's populist government that had raised fears of serious violence and damaged the economy. "We have detained Yingluck, her...

Thailand in Turmoil

Army takes over

Army takes over

Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government in a coup yesterday, two days after he declared martial law, saying the military had to restore order and push through reforms after six months of turmoil. The military declared a 10:00pm until 5:00am curfew, suspended the constitution and told outgoing cabinet ministers...

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