Asia: South & Central Thailand loosens martial law, but military-backed PM retains strong hold

Prayuth Chan-ocha said he will invoke a special security measure in the junta-imposed interim constitution called Article 44.

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Thailand is about to lift martial law. But make no mistake — 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta is still ruling the country, essentially with absolute power, and made clear this week it's not easing up yet.