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Apichart Weerawong, Associated Press
Thai soldiers stand in line blocking the entrance to the Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief announced a military takeover of the government Thursday, saying the coup was necessary to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil.

BANGKOK — The Thai army has announced a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. after declaring a military takeover of the government to restore order.

Deputy army spokesman Winthai Suvaree made the announcement Thursday on national television.

About an hour earlier, army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said a joint commission of all military branches plus police would govern the country to restore stability after a nearly seven-month period of political turmoil.