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Thailand finally gets long-delayed 20th constitution

General election could be delayed to final quarter of 2018

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The constitution-signing ceremony occurred on the anniversary of the Chakri dynasty's founding in 1782, and King Maha Vajiralongkorn went on to pay his respects to King Rama I, the first of the 10 kings in the line.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's 20th constitution since the overthrow of absolute monarchy in 1932 received the royal assent at the propitious time of 3:11 pm on Thursday, April 6, and a general election will follow in not more than 19 months, according to the prime minister.

Thailand's most elaborate constitution-signing ceremony in almost 50 years was broadcast live from the Italianate early 20th-century Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, and attended by privy councilors, diplomats, the military-appointed cabinet, and members of the unelected National Legislative Assembly.

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