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Thai Coup Leaders Hold Former Prime Minister

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Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra talks to media during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Yingluck was ordered by a court to step down Wednesday in a divisive ruling that handed a victory to anti-government protesters who have staged six months of street protests - but does little to resolve the country’s political crisis. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

BANGKOK (AP) — A spokesman for Thailand's coup leaders says the army will detain former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders for up to a week to give them "time to think."

Deputy army spokesman Col. Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said Saturday that Yingluck and dozens of other political figures have had their phones confiscated. He would not reveal their location.

The move appears aimed at preventing any political leaders from contacting supporters to rally them against the coup.

The military seized power on Thursday after two days of peace talks in which neither political faction would agree to step aside. The junta says it acted to prevent more turmoil after months of sometimes violent street protests and deadlock between the elected government and protesters supported by Thailand's elite establishment.

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