Thailand accepts military-backed constitution

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Bangkok: Thailand on Sunday voted to accept a military-backed constitution, results based on 80 percent of votes counted showed.

Results from the country’s Election Commission show 62 percent of the country voted for the charter while 37.9 percent rejected it.

A voter casts a ballot at a polling station on August 7 in Bangkok, Thailand.
A voter casts a ballot at a polling station on August 7 in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Brent Lewin

The vote paves the way for a general election in 2017 but requires future governments to rule on the military’s terms.

Critics, including the country’s major political parties, have said the constitution is undemocratic.

Reuters

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