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Thai coup: Leaders of rival political groups have been detained

The Nation/ANN | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during a meeting with high ranking officials at The Army Club after the army declared martial law nationwide to restore order, in Bangkok May 20, 2014.

Thai Army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that military forces were seizing power from a caretaker government in order to restore order in a country that has been besieged by political chaos since late last year.

Prayuth declared on TV pool that leaders from rival political groups have been detained following a meeting meant to find a solution to the political crisis. He also formed the National Peacekeeping Committee.

The military put the country under martial law two days ago. It is the country's 12th military coup since 1932.

Earlier in the day, Prayuth met with ruling Pheu Thai Party, the opposition Democrat Party, the pro-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), the Senate and the Election Commission (EC) all presented their ideas to the Army chief.

The meeting, however, failed to reach a conclusion.

The ideas they offered were no different from what they had previously proposed in public, which had failed to end the impasse. Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva outlined the very same roadmap that he had proposed earlier, Army deputy spokesperson Winthai Suvaree said.

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