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Thai leader to reporters: Talk to my to cardboard cutout

Prayut Chan-o-chaThailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has turned to a cardboard cutout of himself to avoid answering questions from the press.

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Although Prayut appeared ready to take questions when he emerged for a press conference Monday, he told waiting journalists to direct questions at the life-sized image of himself.

"Whoever wants to take photos and ask about heated politics and conflicts, just ask this guy," the prime minister said before walking off.

Prayut avoided answering questions about violence in the south of Thailand and the country's controversial lèse-majesté laws, which forbid anyone from insulting the Thai monarchy.

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