Thailand has endured many military coups since ending its absolute monarchy in 1932. The current stretch of army rule has been the longest since the early 1970s; junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha seized power in 2014 and repeatedly postponed elections. The latest date is March 24, and this time the regime looks determined to stick to it (barring another outbreak of street protests). The first vote under a rewritten constitution doesn’t exactly presage a restoration of full democracy and civilian ru



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