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Turbulent Thailand

Rise of Thai king's guard erodes Prayuth's sway over army

Military reshuffle comes as prime minister faces anti-government youth protests

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends a photo session with new cabinet ministers at the Government House in Bangkok on Aug. 13   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Trusted military allies of Thailand's monarch have moved to extend their reach into the armed forces, the country's most powerful political institution, alienating Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha from a pillar he needs to prop up his government.

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