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Thai coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha elected as Prime Minister of Thailand

Aug 22, 2014 11:00 IST

Thailand coup leader, Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha was elected as the Prime Minister of Thailand on 21 August 2014. His election to the post of 29th Prime Minister of Thailand was backed by 191 members of the 197-strong junta-picked National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

No assembly member opposed the selection of Chan-ocha, who was the sole candidate for the post. Now, the appointment of 60-year-old, Chan-ocha who is due to retire from the armed forces in few months must be approved by the King Bhumibol Adulyadej although royal endorsement is seen as a formality. With the royal endorsement, he will become Thailand's 29th Prime Minister of the country.

However, Chan-Ocha has effectively served as de facto premier since the 22 May 2014 coup. Earlier, Chan-ocha on 22 June 2014 seized the power from the elected government in a coup a few days after Yingluck Shinawatra was dismissed as Prime Minister in a controversial court ruling.

Thailand’s politics has been surrounded by such incidents of coup since Yingluck’s elder brother Thaksin Shinawatra was toppled as Prime Minister in a coup in 2006. Thaksin was a billionaire telecom tycoon.

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