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In Thailand there was a military coup
The commander of the ground forces of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-Och (Prayuth Chan-ocha) made a televised address yesterday announcing a military coup in the country, the Russia-24 television channel reported.
He announced the suspension of the constitution of the country, adopted in 2007, and the dissolution of the Thai government. In addition, the general announced the introduction of curfews with 22: 00 to 5: 00 local time. In his address he noted:
"The Thai military was forced to take control in order to quickly restore order and restore peace to the country's society, as well as to ensure that the political, economic and social structure of Thailand is reformed."
Before television, the general held a meeting with representatives of the opposition. However, the commander then declared the talks meaningless and ordered the detention of all the opposition members who participated in them.
The coup was the result of a political crisis that began with mass protests and clashes that began in Thailand in November 2013.
Recall that 9 December 2013, the Thai Prime Minister Yinglak Shinawat announced the dissolution of parliament and the appointment of early parliamentary elections. Elections were held in 2 in February 2014. However, due to mass protests, many polling stations were closed. 21 March 2014. The Thai Constitutional Court declared the election results invalid. Authorities announced plans to hold parliamentary elections again in July.
7 May Thai Constitutional Court ruled that the country's prime minister, Yinglak Shinawatra, should vacate the position, accusing her of illegally dismissing the secretary of the National Security Council at 2011.
This is the 12 th military coup in Thailand, from the moment the country moved from absolute to constitutional monarchy in 1932.