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Thai king endorses junta leader as PM

Thai king endorses junta leader as PM

Thai military leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was endorsed as prime minister by Thailand's king on Monday, four days after he was elected by his own hand-picked parliament, although critics called his appointment a political farce. Prayuth was appointed prime minister on Thursday, three months after leading a coup, by 191 out of 197 members...

Army, cops in interim Thai parliament

More than half of Thailand's new national assembly, appointed by the junta, will comprise of active or retired military officers, according to an official document published late Thursday. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej approved the appointment of just over 100 army officers and around a dozen police officers -- serving or retired -- to the 200-seat body which will meet for the first time next week, said the royal gazette. "His majesty has endorsed a decree to convene the national assembly on...

Down to work on economy, Thai army stifles dissent

Down to work on economy, Thai army stifles dissent

Thailand's military rulers settled down to work at their Bangkok headquarters on Tuesday, firmly in charge with royal endorsement but facing small protests that the security forces have handled with restraint. Coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had been formally recognised by King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of a military council...

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