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Southeast Asian politics slide back toward oppression

Democracy on the wane as wave of strongman rule sweeps the region

A day after being elected prime minister by Thailand's parliament, Prayuth Chan-ocha is seen before a meeting at the prime minister's office in Bangkok on June 6. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

BANGKOK -- After being officially proclaimed prime minister of Thailand by King Maha Vajiralongkorn on June 11, Prayuth Chan-ocha thanked parliament and ruling coalition parties for giving him the opportunity to serve the country.

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