King signs new constitution into life

Grand ceremony not seen in nearly 50 years

Soldiers at Sanam Sua Pa near the Royal Plaza fire a salute to mark the royal endorsement of the 20th constitution of Thailand, held at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

His Majesty the King on Thursday officially endorsed the promulgation of the country's 20th constitution, setting the stage for a general election expected to be held by late 2018.

A royal command promulgating the 279-section constitution was published on the website of the Royal Gazette Thursday.

In a rare ceremony not seen in almost 50 years, His Majesty the King signed the country's supreme law at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok at 3.11pm in front of a grand congregation.

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