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Ousted PM Shinawatra called by Thai Army Chief for talks

BANGKOK: Army Chief of Thailand Prayuth Chan-ocha has called the ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to a meeting on Friday, a day after seizing power in a bloodless coup, saying he wanted to restore order following months of turmoil in the country.

General Prayuth launched his coup after the various factions refused to give ground in a struggle for power between the royalist establishment and a populist government that had raised fears of serious violence and damaged Thailand's economy.

Politicians were detained when the Thai Army Chief announced an overthrow of the government after talks, he was presiding, failed. Media was censored, the protesters were dispersed and a curfew was imposed in the country.

Overall situation of the country remained somewhat normal. The schools and universities of the country are remained closed as per the orders of the military. Public transport was on the roads after the curfew ended and cars were moving slowly on some roads into the capital due to the checkposts created by the army.

The schedules of several television channels were suspended and all stations showed transmission from Channel 5, the army's own channel.

Channel 5 showed pictures of the areas that were taken over in and around Bangkok by various political groups since anti-government protests started last November. Pictures also showed the citizens of Bangkok going about their business on routine basis. Several pro-military coup interviews were shown on the army controlled channel as well.

Yingluck Shinawatra and her associates, including relatives and ministers in her government, to a meeting at 10 A.M. (0300 GMT) in an army facility on Friday.

Yingluck is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire tycoon turned politician, who was overthrown by the military in 2006 in a coup. 

Yingluck Shinawatra was ordered by a court to step down from the Prime Minister office on May 7, 2014 but she is still retained power as a head of the ruling party. After six months of protests in the country against the rule of her party, military intervened and imposed martial law.  

Source: Reuters

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