SA 'concerned' by situation in Thailand

2014-05-23 09:05
Thai Army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha looks on during a press conference at the Army Club in Bangkok. (Pornchai kittiwongsakul, AFP)

Thai Army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha looks on during a press conference at the Army Club in Bangkok. (Pornchai kittiwongsakul, AFP)

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Pretoria - The South African government has condemned the coup of Thailand by its military and has called for constitutional order, the department of international relations said on Friday.

"The South African government has expressed concern regarding the political situation in the Kingdom of Thailand, particularly in light of the unconstitutional change of government that took place on 22 May 2014," said spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

"South Africa condemns the coup and calls on all relevant parties to work speedily and through an inclusive process towards the restoration of constitutional order."

Monyela said South Africa was monitoring the situation.

He urged South Africans living there or visiting to stay away from protest areas.

Thailand's military seized power of the country on Thursday, dissolving the government and suspending the constitution, according to reports.

Since November, anti-government protesters had been calling for the removal of the Shinawatra family over alleged corruption and influencing Thailand's politics. Sporadic violent protests left 28 people dead and hundreds injured, AP reported.

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