Date
23 September 2017
Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra was among those summoned by the Thai military on Friday, a day after the army chief seized power. Photo: Reuters
Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra was among those summoned by the Thai military on Friday, a day after the army chief seized power. Photo: Reuters

Ousted Thai leaders answer military summons

Thailand’s former prime ministers and cabinet members reported to the ruling military Friday, a day after the country’s army chief seized power in a bloodless coup, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Yingluck Shinawatra and Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, both now ex-prime ministers, reported to the military Friday morning amid tight security. A number of other former ministers also went to the army’s auditorium in Bangkok’s historic quarter after being summoned, the report said.

More than a hundred people, including ministers and leaders of the pro- and antigovernment groups were ordered to report to the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council, which was set up by the military coup leaders. They were also banned from leaving the country.

The military forces ordered supporters of the anti- and pro-government movement, who had demonstrated in different parts of the city, to return home.

Protest sites of the rival groups were dismantled on Friday, while bomb disposal teams searched for hidden explosive devices, the report said.

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