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Thai King Approves Interim Government

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has approved the interim government's new cabinet which plans to govern the nation for one year after a bloodless military coup.

The new cabinet includes former Ambassador to the United States Nitya Pibulsongkram as foreign minister and the chief of the Bank of Thailand, Pridiyathorn Devakula as finance minister and deputy prime minister.

Interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont needed the Thai king's approval before the new cabinet could take power.

The military named Mr. Surayud prime minister after it seized power from ousted Prime Minister Thaskin Shinawatra last month when he was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

The new government has promised to unite the country while investigating charges of corruption and theft by the former government.

Military leaders have promised to hold new elections in one year.

Many in the international community have criticized the military for toppling what they say was a democratically-elected government.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.