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Thai leader calls for ending martial law but seeks sweeping new powers
Thai leader calls for ending martial law but seeks sweeping new powers

Thailand's coup leader-turned-prime minister on Tuesday called for an end to martial law, to be replaced with sweeping authority for himself that human rights advocates likened to absolute power with impunity. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a general who retired from the army after leading the coup 10 months ago, sent the appeal for revision of the military leadership's authorities to King Bhumibol Adulyadej for the formality of royal approval. Martial law imposed after the May 22 coup has heavily restricted public gatherings, exposed rare protesters to harsh punishment and muzzled the media. Prayuth's proposal to replace military order with Article 44 of the...

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