The Thai Army took over administration from to break deadlock and stop “rampant corruption” in the 74 year old democracy but promised to return “power to the people” as soon as possible but after cleaning the political system. Attending the UN General Assembly session in New York , politically-embattled Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatra, trying to stave off the coup, declared a state of emergency and announced the dismissal of Army Chief Sonthi Boonyaratkalin. Government spokesman accompanying Shinawatra said the coup could not succeed and “we're in control” but the ground situation in Bangkok looked different. The coup protagonists have voided the 1997 Constitution, the parliament (both the House of Representatives and the Senate), the cabinet, and Constitutional Court .
A military controlled television station has been playing martial music showing the photo of the Constitutional monarch sparking rumors that Boonyaratkalin may have the King’s tacit approval since the number of anti-Shinawatra protests over the year had grown steadily. Further, a "Council of Administrative Reform," with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as the titular head has been formed leading more credence to this rumor. However, Adulyadej has not appeared on television claiming control nor has any web sites been posted with such claims.
However, an announcement on national television, citing “peace and order,” said a martial law imposed on the nation revoked the Constitution and required all troops to report to duty and not leave without authorization from their commanders. There are rumors that Boonyaratkalin may not have the full support within the Army and a counter coup with Thai loyalist may be in offing. This announcement said that “The armed forces commander and the national police commander have successfully taken over Bangkok and the surrounding area” and that there “has been no struggle.” With about 14 tanks surrounding Shinawatra’s office, an Army spokesperson said that Deputy Prime Minister Chitchai Wannasathit has also been removed.