Israel on Tuesday said it was concerned that the Army Commander in Chief in Thailand had assumed full governmental powers.

Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power on Thursday, saying the army had to restore order after nearly seven months of sometimes deadly demonstrations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is monitoring the situation closely to ensure the safety of its citizens in Thailand, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Israelis.

“Israel holds Thailand’s constitutional democratic institutions and civil rights in the highest regard and hopes the military leadership will reinstate these at the earliest,” the Foreign Ministry said.

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