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New interim charter empowers Thai junta

Critics: Army aims to weaken parties

Posted: July 24, 2014 at 3:32 a.m.

BANGKOK -- Thailand's temporary constitution, which gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October 2015 election, also allows the leader of the current ruling junta to become interim prime minister, a senior army official said Wednesday.

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