Thai king endorses new constitution, 20th since 1932

Thailand's king has signed the country's new constitution, the 20th charter since the absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932.

King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun endorsed the document Thursday in an elaborate ceremony at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall attended by senior members of the country's military government.

The military junta has said the promulgation of the constitution will clear the way for new elections no later than November 2018, though it has repeatedly delayed previous poll dates. Critics says the charter's provisions are undemocratic, handing power to the permanent bureaucracy and the military at the expense of elected politicians.

The military ousted an elected government in 2014, the country's second coup in eight years.