Amman, Thai military chief, Prayuth Chan-ocha, ordered an end to military rule before his new civilian government is sworn in, but security forces are still allowed to carry out searches and arrests unchallenged, according to official sources.

Since Prayuth took power in a 2014 coup, his military government has issued more than 500 orders under the Article 44 that allowed him to bypass Thailand's laws.

The military chief is due to become a civilian prime minister after being picked by military-appointed senators and the lawmakers who were elected in a Mar 24 vote that his opponents said was rigged against them.

Prayuth's order ended restrictions on the media and transferred civilian cases from military to civilian courts.

"I won't be using Article 44 any more," Prayuth told reporters at Government House in Bangkok. "These orders did not cause problems, they were done to fix problems."

But the government said some orders introduced under the military government would continue, like giving the army and police the freedom to search, summon, and detain people for seven days as long as it is in the name of national security.

Source: Jordan News Agency