Thailand’s army declares martial law, troops take over TV stations, acting PM still in office

Thailand’s army has declared martial law in an announcement on military TV, but insists it is not staging a coup.

The announcement said martial law had been invoked “to restore peace and order for people from all sides” and added that “the public do not need to panic but can still live their lives as normal”.

The Thai government said it was not consulted in advance of the military declaration, and said acting prime minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan remained in power.

“Everything is normal except the military is responsible for all national security issues,” the prime minister’s chief security adviser Paradon Pattanatabut told the AFP news agency.