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Thai junta to share power with new government

Published on Jul 11, 2014 10:18 PM
 
This handout photo taken on June 19, 2014 shows Thai junta chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha gesturing as he speaks during a meeting with businessmen at the Army headquarter in Bangkok. Thailand's junta said Friday, July 11, 2014, that it would keep control of national security under a planned interim government, despite international calls for a return to full civilian rule. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's junta said Friday that it would keep control of national security under a planned interim government, despite international calls for a return to full civilian rule.

The junta, formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), will remain in place alongside a government that is set to be appointed by September, army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha said.

"The government will focus on administration while the NCPO will concentrate on its responsibility for security," Prayut, who led a May 22 coup that overthrew an elected government, said in a weekly televised address.

The new cabinet is expected to be picked by a junta-appointed national assembly which army sources say is expected to be stacked with military officers.

 
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