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Thai General Prayuth Chan-Ocha


General Prayuth Chan-Ocha
  • 60 years old, became army commander-in-chief in October, 2010
  • Scheduled to retire in September, 2014
  • Known for his loyalty to the monarchy, Queen Sirikit, in particular
  • Served in the Queen’s Guard, a military branch very influential in Thai politics
  • Played key role in the 2006 coup that toppled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra
  • Announced the current military takeover on television
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