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Thai coup leader to meet king on new constitution

Published on Jul 22, 2014 5:08 PM
 
Thai junta chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha gesturing as he speaks during a meeting with businessmen at the Army headquarter in Bangkok on June 19, 2014. Thailand's junta chief is set to meet the king on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, to win approval for an interim constitution that will map out year-long political reforms expected to curb the influence of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's junta chief is set to meet the king Tuesday to win approval for an interim constitution that will map out year-long political reforms expected to curb the influence of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

It will be the first time the revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, has granted an audience to coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha since the military seized power two months ago.

Gen Prayut has ruled out holding elections until around October 2015, despite appeals from the United States and the European Union for a return to a democratic path.

The interim constitution, which has not yet been published, is expected to give an indication of how the military plans to run the country.

 
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