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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand's ex-army chief poised to contain rifts in ruling party

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Prawit Wongsuwan, the former general, center left, benefited from his proximity to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center right. The two hold hands as they take part in a water-pouring blessing in Bangkok, April 11, 2019.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- When former army chief Prawit Wongsuwan took over as the leader of the largest party in Thailand's 19-party ruling alliance, it provided the latest indication of just how close it is to the country's influential military.

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