Thailand’s army has declared martial law across the country amid the political tensions over the past months.
A Thai army statement said the decision was made “to restore peace and order for people from all sides.”
The Thai government says it is still in office and has not been consulted on a military rule.
Tensions deepened in Thailand after the Constitutional Court removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office on May 7 for abusing power.
The premier’s Pheu Thai Party, however, refused to leave power and immediately replaced Shinawatra with the country’s Commerce Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan.
Protesters are pushing the Thai Senate and the country’s courts to remove the caretaker administration and install a non-elected prime minister. They say they will obstruct the elections set for July that would likely give the ruling party a victory.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Election Commission called for a delay in a key parliamentary vote due to political unrest that has disrupted preparations for the polls.
The appeal for the delay came following an attack on May 15 against an anti-government demonstration in the capital, Bangkok, which left three people dead and nearly two dozen others injured.
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