Thai stock market falls 2 percent after coup
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Thai stock market falls 2 percent after coup

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s stock market fell more than 2 percent a day after the country’s military seized power in a bloodless coup. Other Asian markets were mostly higher Friday, helped by weakness in the yen.

Bangkok’s SET index was down 29.43 points, or 2.1 percent, at 1,375.78 in the opening minutes of trading. Thailand’s currency stabilized after falling about 0.4 percent against the dollar after the coup was announced Thursday.

The military says the coup is needed to restore stability. Bombings and lawlessness have bruised Thailand’s capital during six months of protests aiming at toppling the elected government.

The army is vowing political reforms but also risks worsening the crisis if its seizure of power inflames the opposing political camps.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 was up 0.9 percent at 14,473.19.