Thais await results of referendum on new constitution

August 7, 2016 10:52 AM

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BANGKOK — Thais awaited the results Sunday of a referendum on a new constitution that, if accepted, would lay the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed rather than elected officials.

The referendum is also seen as a test of popularity for the military government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a retired army general who came to power in a 2014 coup and has severely curtailed dissent since then. But his rule has also brought a measure of stability and ended the frequent stre...

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