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Thai constitution suspended after military coup

Bangkok: Thailand's National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC), the military coup party, announced Thursday that the country's constitution was temporarily suspended.

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A Thai anti-government protester (C) leaves the main camp-site near the Government House in Bangkok on May 23, 2014. Pic: AFP

The announcement, following the military coup declared by army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, also said that the constitution's section 2 that states "Thailand adopts a democratic regime of government with the King as Head of State," will remain intact, Xinhua quoted the NPOMC's spokesman Winthai Suwaree as saying.

The government was terminated, but the Senate and independent agencies will still be able to perform duties, Winthai said.

The NPOMC is headed by Prayuth, with the supreme commander, chiefs of air force and navy, and police chief serving as deputies.

The NPOMC ordered ousted caretaker prime minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan and 17 other cabinet members to report to it Friday.

The NPOMC also ordered educational institutes to be suspended from Friday to Sunday.

Meanwhile, it ordered demonstrators of different political sides to stop rallying and return home.

Political rallies with five people or more are banned, and those who defy the order could face prison time and fine.

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