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Thai Coup Leader Seeks Royal Approval of Interim Constitution

FILE - Thailand's Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, arrives at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand.
FILE - Thailand's Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, arrives at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand.
Reuters

Thailand's military leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, is due to meet the king on Tuesday to secure endorsement from the head of state for an interim constitution, the palace said.

The military seized power on May 22 and tore up the old constitution. The interim charter will set out how the country will be governed in the run-up to a general election that the junta has said could be held toward the end of next year.

“His majesty the king will grant an audience to General Prayuth and will endorse an interim constitution,” a senior official at the Bureau of the Royal Household told Reuters.

Prayuth will meet King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, in his palace in the seaside town of Hua Hin, south of Bangkok. The king spent almost four years in hospital in Bangkok before leaving for Hua Hin in August 2013.

Interim constitution

Military sources said the interim constitution would set out the role of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the ruling military council, over the next few months, when it is expected to work alongside a civilian cabinet that it will appoint.

The interim charter may also give a clearer idea on when the general election will be held, one source said, declining to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The military said it took power to restore order after months of political unrest as protesters took to the streets of Bangkok in a bid to topple former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. At least 30 people were killed during the trouble.

Yingluck was forced to step down on May 7 after being found guilty of abuse of power by the Constitutional Court. The remainder of her cabinet was ousted in the coup two weeks later.

The turmoil was the latest chapter in almost a decade of conflict pitting the royalist establishment and Bangkok's middle class against Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, and his supporters among the poor.

Thaksin's devoted following among the rural poor in the north and northeast has meant he or parties loyal to him have won every election since 2001.

He was also ousted by the military, in a coup in 2006, and now chooses to live in exile rather than return home to serve prison time for an abuse of power conviction.

Yingluck has kept a low profile since being removed from power. Last week the junta gave her permission to travel abroad and she is thought to be heading to France, where Thaksin will celebrate his 65th birthday on Saturday, July 26. 

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by: jethro from: vietnam
July 22, 2014 7:46 PM
The king has a severe case of the demtia disease so how can he make a judgement.

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