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US understand martial law invoking is not a coup

The United States called on the Thai military that invokes martial law to respect democratic principles Tuesday.

We expect the army to honour its commitment to make this a temporary action to prevent violence, and to not undermine democratic institutions," said US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha declared martial law early Tuesday in a bid to stem violence in the country, which has been wracked for the past six months by anti-government protests.

"This development underscores the need for elections to determine the will of the Thai people," said the State Department.

The US is concerned about the political crisis in Thailand and urges "all parties to respect democratic principles, including respect for freedom of speech," Psaki said.

"We understand the Royal Thai Army announced that this martial law declaration is not a coup. We expect the Army to honor its commitment to make this a temporary action to prevent violence, and to not undermine democratic institutions," Psaki said.

"The United States firmly believes all parties must work together to resolve differences through dialogue and find a way forward. This development underscores the need for elections to determine the will of the Thai people," she added.


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