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Thai army declares martial law - statement on TV

BANGKOK - Thailand's army declared martial law on Tuesday after six months of sometimes bloody political unrest but stressed it was not taking power with a coup.

 

According to reports, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha was taking over control of the CAPO body grouping government and security officials that is overseeing the authorities' response to the political crisis, which has been headed until now by the government.

 

"We declared a state of emergency, it's not a coup. Because of the sitauation, it's not stable, they kill each other every day," a general, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. (Reuters)