EU demands rapid return to democratic process in Thailand

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The European Union on Thursday demanded a rapid return to the democratic process in Thailand after the army seized power.

"We are following developments in Thailand with extreme concern," the EU's foreign policy service said in a statement.

"It is of the utmost importance that Thailand returns rapidly to the legitimate democratic process."

Thailand's military removed the civilian government and suspended the constitution in a coup it said was aimed at ending months of deadly political turmoil.

The United States has said it is reconsidering military cooperation with Thailand following the overthrow.

"The military must accept and respect the constitutional authority of the civilian power as a basic principle of democratic governance," the EU statement said.

"We stress the importance of holding credible and inclusive elections as soon as feasible. We call upon all parties to exercise restraint and work together in the interest of the country."