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Thai junta's plan to retain power for 6 years

BANGKOK -- Nearly two years since a coup installed Thailand's military government, its second Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) released a draft charter on Tuesday that allows the ruling military junta a five-year "transitional period" before full civilian rule is restored.

Meechai Ruchupan, head of Thailand's Constitution Drafting Committee, brandishes a draft of the kingdom's 20th constitution since 1932 in Bangkok on March 29.

     The relevant clause is effective for five years from the next general election, which will not be before July 2017.

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