#Thailand referendum: Military-written constitution approved

_90700767_capture1A 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.

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

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.

About 200,000 police officers were deployed to maintain order and there were no reports of protests.

Independent observer groups had requested accreditation to monitor the vote, but this was not granted by the election commission.

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