BANGKOK – Voters in Thailand appear to have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that would lay the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed rather than elected officials.
Two major media groups showed the “yes” vote winning a clear mandate with about 75 percent of the votes counted after polls closed in Sunday’s referendum.
Thai PBS, an independent public broadcaster, said 62 percent of voters had approved the constitution and 38 percent had rejected it. Voice TV, which is aligned with opponents of the military government, put the figure at 61.65 percent for “yes” and 38.35 percent for “no.”
Official results will be announced later .