Thai army takes control of government: army chief

BANGKOK Thu May 22, 2014 6:44am EDT

Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during a news conference at The Army Club after the army declared martial law nationwide to restore order, in Bangkok May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government on Thursday, saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law.

Prayuth made the announcement in a television broadcast after he held a meeting with all rival factions aimed at finding a solution to six months of anti-government protests.

He said the takeover would not affect international relations.

(Editing by Alan Raybould and Alex Richardson)

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