Written by Bella Dalima
22 May, 2014 | 3:53 pm
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 correspondent 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.
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