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Thai constitutional changes would mean no regent required: media reports

Junta-appointed assembly to begin discussing revisions as soon as this week

BANGKOK -- Thailand's king has proposed amending the current interim constitution to remove the obligation that he appoint a regent while abroad or incapacitated, with similar changes sought for a draft constitution approved last year.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn has requested language be added to the constitution stipulating that the king "shall or shall not" appoint a regent should he travel abroad or be unable to perform his duties, according to The Nation, a local English-language newspaper, which cited a draft of the amendment circulated by Thai media outlet Isra News. Other Thai media have carried similar reports. The country's junta imposed the interim charter after a 2014 coup. 

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