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Ex-army chief who ousted Thaksin backs use of coups in Thailand

Former coup leader Sonthi says the key to a lasting democracy is a large middle class

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in 2014: A previous coup leader says Prayuth has failed to effectively address corruption.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Sonthi Boonyaratglin, a former Thai army chief commander who led the overthrow of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, sees coups as a necessary tool in his country's "immature" democracy.

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