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Thailand ends martial law but gives prime minister sweeping powers

Thailand ends martial law but gives prime minister sweeping powers

Thailand's coup-installed leader said Wednesday he was taking on sweeping powers to run the country after the king approved his call to end martial law 10 months after the deposing of an elected government. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had appealed a day earlier for King Bhumibol Adulyadej to give the formality of endorsement to his plan to replace the military state with an emergency-rule regimen known as Article 44 of the junta-drafted interim constitution. Article 44 allows Prayuth, as head of the so-called National Council for Peace and Order, to issue any order in the name of national security and to exercise the powers of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of...

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