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Thai PM revokes some junta orders before heading new gov’t

BANGKOK — The leader of Thailand’s military junta has revoked dozens of special executive orders and vowed to stop issuing more as he prepares to lead an elected civilian government.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha signed an order Tuesday revoking 66 of the more than 500 orders he has issued since a 2014 coup. Prayuth has had the power to issue executive orders which have the force of law.

A member of the legal monitoring group iLaw, Yingcheep Atchanont, said Wednesday the revocations are an attempt to make it appear that the military is relinquishing power and transitioning to an elected government, although the new government will still be led by Prayuth and will include many junta members.

Yingcheep said executive orders allowing the military to influence politics remain in place.

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