Underlying political gridlock is concern over who will replace King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch.
For many Thais, the military coup last week was a familiar scene. Although Thailand has had 12 successful coups, this one is a sharper turn, with a stronger ideological element.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the move should help Thailand's image after months of often-violent street protests against her government, which faces legal challenges to its tenure.
The day after disrupting voting in 69 out of 375 electoral districts, Thai antigovernment protesters resumed marches in Bangkok today. They seem uninterested in a negotiated end to unrest.