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Thailand's junta leader maneuvering to retain premiership

Long delayed election expected to include new pro-military parties

BANGKOK-- For four years, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha heaped insults on Thailand's politicians and flaunted his military pedigree -- former army chief, coup leader, head of the ruling junta -- as making him superior to elected lawmakers. Now, the famously gruff and short-tempered strongman is doing an about-turn, as he sets his sights on a career in politics himself.

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