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Turbulent Thailand

Thai court orders PM Prayuth's suspension: 5 things to know

Premier's absence unlikely to have adverse impact on economy, APEC meeting

Protesters gathered at Thailand's government house on Aug. 24, waving posters such as this one showing they want Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign.   © Sipa via AP Images

BANGKOK -- The Thai Constitutional Court's decision to suspend Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday surprised the kingdom and the world.

While the government stressed that the decision had no impact on the country's administration, the absence of a leader could cause political turmoil.

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