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Thailand coup: Military to face the media on Saturday

Published on May 24, 2014 9:57 AM
Thai army soldiers urge anti-coup protestors to maintain law and order during a protest in downtown Bangkok on May 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's military is due on Saturday to hold its first news conference since seizing power this week, amid signs that opposition to the takeover could be gathering momentum, both from pro-democracy activists and supporters of the ousted government.

The news conference is expected some time on Saturday morning.

The army staged a coup on Thursday after failing to forge a compromise in a power struggle between a populist government and the royalist establishment, which brought months of sometimes violent unrest to Bangkok's streets.

Despite international calls for the restoration of democratic government, Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has not promised a swift return to civilian rule, insisting there must be broad reforms and stability first.

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