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Elected Thai govt to take power earliest by end-2017: official

Analysts say vote for military-backed constitution reflects desire for stability

CONVINCING 'YES' VOTE: Thai investors welcomed the result on Monday and the Thai stock market touched a fresh 16-month high.


A DEMOCRATICALLY elected government will take power in Thailand at the earliest by December 2017, a senior Thai official said on Monday, after the country endorsed a military-backed constitution paving the way for a general election.

Thais handed the junta of Prime Minister