This is shocking:
Thailand’s king on Wednesday formally approved a request from the junta that martial law be lifted.
In its place, though, the junta invoked a special security measure called Article 44 in the military-imposed interim constitution that gives Prayuth the power to override any branch of government in the name of national security, and absolves him of any legal responsibility for his actions.
The military, supported by an anti-democratic movement, led a coup against the elected government and its leader has now declared himself a dictator? How could anyone have seen this coming?