The leader of last year’s bloodless coup in Thailand has been installed as the country’s deputy prime minister. General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who quit his military posts in recent weeks, will take charge of national security as one of three deputy PMs. Some analysts believe General Sonthi intends to run for prime minister in elections scheduled for December ? although he says he has not decided. He helped to depose former leader Thaksin Shinawatra last September. (BBC)

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