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Thai king endorses coup leader

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 01:11

May 26 - Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha formally endorsed by the king as head of a military council that will run the country. Paul Chapman reports

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Thailand's king formally endorses coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as head of the military council which will run the country. It's a significant formality in Thailand where the monarchy is the most important institution. Prayuth seized power on May 22, saying the army would restore order after nearly seven months of sometimes deadly street demonstrations. After the ceremony the army chief set no date for elections and warned force would be used to put down protests. (SOUNDBITE)(Thai) ARMY CHIEF PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA SAYING: "We will maintain firm control and deal with those who violate the law or use weapons, as well as any protest or anything that will create a restive situation." Since seizing power the military has taken into custody scores of politicians, activists, academics and others. Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban's been released on bail but faces charges of insurrection. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has also been allowed to go home but remains under military supervision Others have been charged with offences including treason.

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Thai king endorses coup leader

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 01:11