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Thai king endorses junta's new constitution

Published on Jul 22, 2014 8:34 PM
 
Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha makes a gesture of greeting as he arrives ahead of a meeting to discuss the 2015 national budget at the Army Club in Bangkok on June 13, 2014. Thailand's junta won approval from the king Tuesday, July 22, 2014, for an interim constitution mapping out year-long political reforms expected to curb the influence of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's junta won approval from the king Tuesday for an interim constitution mapping out year-long political reforms expected to curb the influence of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

It was 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.

"General Prayut met His Majesty the King, who has endorsed the interim constitution," said deputy army spokeswoman Colonel Sirichan Ngathong.

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.

 
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