Thai junta leader voted in as prime minister after election

6 June 2019
2019-06-06 11:20

Thailand's new parliament voted in ruling military junta Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister on Wednesday. The former army chief secured the 375 votes needed to secure the post in a vote by both houses of parliament, one of which was entirely appointed by the junta.

The vote comes 10 weeks after a March 24 general election that opposition parties say was designed to extend and legitimize military dominance over government. Military strongman Prayuth, 65, was the former head of the Thai army who staged the bloodless coup in May 2014 after months of sometimes violent street protests that pitted rural supporters of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra against her Bangkok-based, royalist opponents.

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