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Thailand Army Sees No Coup as Martial Law Imposed

Thai authorities signaled the possibility of holding elections under martial law imposed by the military yesterday as the army moved to clamp down on all forms of media.

Caretaker Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan said yesterday he is seeking backing from the nation’s Election Commission to hold a vote as soon as August. Officials of the commission will meet today to consider the request for an Aug. 3 vote and the army will also be consulted on the ballot, Commissioner Somchai Srisuttiyakorn told reporters yesterday.