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Thailand coup general Prayuth
Chan-ocha named prime minister

BBC News, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/21/2014 12:03:34 AM

Thailand´s junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named the new prime minister of the southeast Asian nation. Gen Prayuth, 60, was nominated on Thursday in a legislature hand-picked by the junta and made up of mostly military and police figures. The general was the head of the army when he led a dramatic coup in May. It followed months of intense political deadlock between Yingluck Shinawatra´s government and opposition parties that resulted in protests and clashes.

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Now, what will 0bama do? Accept or ignore? Whole lot of bad drugs come from that area.

      


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Thailand coup general Prayuth
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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 12:03:34 AM     Post Reply
Thailand´s junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named the new prime minister of the southeast Asian nation. Gen Prayuth, 60, was nominated on Thursday in a legislature hand-picked by the junta and made up of mostly military and police figures. The general was the head of the army when he led a dramatic coup in May. It followed months of intense political deadlock between Yingluck Shinawatra´s government and opposition parties that resulted in protests and clashes.

   

 

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