Thai junta grants king power to appoint top monk

Source: Yahoo News

Bangkok (AFP) – Thailand’s military government on Thursday granted the king power to appoint the Buddhist country’s top monk, a move aimed at resolving a bitter power struggle over the venerated post.

The position of Supreme Patriarch has been left open for several years as Thailand’s Buddhist factions tussle over a successor.

Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha has refrained from endorsing the front-runner nominated by the kingdom’s ruling council of monks, a body known as the Sangha.

The 91-year-old nominee, Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangkhlacharn, has drawn criticism from some circles for his perceived links to the scandal-hit Dhammakaya sect.

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