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Thai king endorses coup leader

PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Thailand's king formally endorses coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as head of the military council which will run the country. It's a significant formality in Thailand where the monarchy is the most important institution. Prayuth seized power on May 22, saying the army would restore order after nearly seven months of sometimes deadly street demonstrations. After the ceremony the army chief set no date for elections and warned force would be used to put down protests. (SOUNDBITE)(Thai) ARMY CHIEF PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA SAYING: "We will maintain firm control and deal with those who violate the law or use weapons, as well as any protest or anything that will create a restive situation." Since seizing power the military has taken into custody scores of politicians, activists, academics and others. Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban's been released on bail but faces charges of i

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