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Monday, 08 August 2016 - 7:20
Thai referendum: Military-written constitution approved
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A clear majority of Thai referendum voters have backed a draft constitution written by an army-appointed committee.

Unofficial tallies show that 61.45% voted in favour.

The military threw out the old constitution when it took power in 2014, after months of political instability and sporadic violence.

Supporters of the new document say it will restore stability, but critics say it will entrench military control.

Voters also supported a second measure on the ballot, which proposes that the appointed senate should be involved in selecting a prime minister.

Turnout was about 55%, the election commission said - well below its target figure of 80%.

Campaigning against the draft in the run-up to the referendum was banned and dozens of people were detained. Thailand's biggest political parties rejected the constitution.
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