Thais vote for first time since 2014 coup in charter referendum

By REUTERS
August 7, 2016 09:01

 
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BANGKOK/KHON KAEN, Thailand - Thais began voting on Sunday in a referendum on a new junta-backed constitution that would pave the way for a general election in 2017 but require future governments to rule on the military's terms.

The ballot is the first major popularity test for the junta led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has suppressed political activity during the two years since he seized power in a 2014 coup.



Ahead of the referendum, polls suggested a small lead in favour of accepting the new constitution, but most voters were undecided. Preliminary results were expected at around 8.00 p.m. (1300 GMT).

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