Topics

Thailand
Thai military coup leader bestowed role of civilian prime minister
Thai military coup leader bestowed role of civilian prime minister

The general who led a military coup in Thailand three months ago took on the civilian mantle of prime minister Thursday when the legislators he appointed nominated him as sole candidate and voted overwhelmingly to make him government chief. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha had said after the May 22 military coup that the junta's objective was to restore civilian democratic rule as soon as feasible, suggesting that new elections might be possible as soon as next year. But by handing the reins of executive authority to Prayuth, his fellow officers in the National Assembly appeared to be signaling a longer phase of military rule even with the new prime minister's declared intent to retire...

Loading