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Thai junta bows out having failed to bridge the societal divide

After 62 months of military rule, prime minister drops 'interim' from title

BANGKOK -- It took almost four months after the general election for the new administration of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to be inaugurated.

That took place on Tuesday. The National Council for Peace and Order, which had been in charge since a military coup in May 2014, was disbanded the same day, and the country swung from military to civilian rule.

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