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Thai military junta suspends constitution

Anti-government protesters raise fists as they sing and listen to the national anthem during a gathering Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand
Anti-government protesters raise fists as they sing and listen to the national anthem during a gathering Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's army chief announced a military takeover of the government Thursday, saying the coup was necessary to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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By Associated Press, The Associated Press

BANGKOK - Thailand's new military junta has announced that it has suspended the country's constitution.

A military statement broadcast on national television Thursday confirmed the nation's caretaker government is no longer in power but said the Senate will remain in place.

The news came two hours after army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that the military was taking control of the country after six months of political protests and turmoil.

After the coup, anti-government protesters who have struggled for six months to oust the government dispersed for the first time.

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