Thailand martial law: Army chief calls meeting of political rivals

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 on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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 on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's army chief will chair a meeting on Wednesday between representatives from both sides of the country's bitter political divide, a day after declaring martial law, a military spokeswoman said.

General Prayut Chan-O-Cha called the meeting between top officials of the ruling and opposition parties as well as the election commission and Senate at 1:30 pm (2:30 pm, Singapore time, the spokeswoman told AFP.