Thailand coup: Thailand coup leaders suspend constitution

Thai soldiers stand guard after army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha met with anti-government and pro-government leaders at the Army Club in Bangkok on Thursday, May 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thai soldiers stand guard after army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha met with anti-government and pro-government leaders at the Army Club in Bangkok on Thursday, May 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's military leaders said on Thursday the national Constitution had been suspended, after seizing power in a coup they said was aimed at ending months of political turmoil.

"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.