Thailand coup leaders suspend constitution

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Thailand’s military leaders said Thursday the national constitution had been suspended, after seizing power in a coup they said was aimed at ending months of political turmoil.

Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha (second right) announces the military coup in a televised address.

Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha (second right) announces the military coup in a televised address.

“In order to run the country smoothly, (coup leaders have) suspended the constitution of 2007, except for the chapter on the monarchy,” said a statement read out on national television.

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