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Turbulent Thailand

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

Prayuth's closest aide leads Palang Pracharath as pandemic-hit economy struggles

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.

Palang Pracharath Party's nod to Prawit, on the last weekend in June, brought an end to the leadership of technocrat Uttama Savanayana, the finance minister. The change came as the party found itself in turmoil close to the end of its first year in government.

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