General Prayut Chan-O-Cha paying respects in front of a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej
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Thai coup: Leader Gen Prayuth receives royal endorsement

Thailand's military leader has received royal endorsement at a ceremony in the capital, Bangkok, after taking power in a coup last week.

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha was formally appointed to run the nation at the army headquarters.

The 86-year-old monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, did not attend the ceremony.

The military seized power in the South East Asian nation last week, saying it planned to return stability to Thailand after months of unrest.

Jonathan Head reports.

  • 26 May 2014
  • From the section Asia
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