BBC News – Military ‘takes control’ in Thailand

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Thailand’s army chief says the military is taking control of government.

In a televised statement, the army chief said the military would restore order and push through political reforms.

The BBC’s Jonah Fisher, in Bangkok, says the move appears to confirm that a full-blown coup is under way.

The latest unrest began in the Thai capital late last year, when then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of parliament.

Demonstrators have blockaded several areas for months.

On Tuesday, the military imposed martial law.

Earlier this month, a court ordered Ms Yingluck’s removal for alleged abuse of power.

Thailand has faced a power struggle since Ms Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted by the military as prime minister in 2006.

as troops surround venue of political talks

More to follow.

22 May 2014 | 11:09 am – Source:

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