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Thailand’s first-ever referendum, held Aug. 19, endorsed a new military-backed constitution for the kingdom, according to The Bangkok Post and other news sources, which indicated the nationwide vote was no landslide victory. Some 57.8 percent voted in favor of adopting the new constitution, according to Ireland’s RTÉ News, which carried a story topped by the headline: “Coup Leaders Backed by Vote in Thailand.” “The new charter prevents a repeat of the powerful single-party style of government that ruled under ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra,” according to RTÉ. The RTÉ story did, however, note that “the 42.2% who rejected [the new […]

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