When Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha started delivering his policy statement to the parliament, opposition MPs and the parliament president quickly told him to read it out word by word, as regulation requires, and not deliver it in a debate style.
Thailand’s king endorses former army chief Gen Prayut Chan-ocha as an elected PM.
To no one’s surprise, junta leader and incumbent Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha won the contest for the premiership in the Thai National Assembly last Wednesday. He will head a new coalition government of 20 parties led by the Phalang Pracharat Party (PPP).
The success of the Phalang Pracharat Party-led coalition in winning the post of House Speaker for former Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai of the Democrat Party with 258 of 500 votes last Saturday was a crucial victory.
Thailand is the next Asean Chair in 2019 after the just concluded Asean Summit in Singapore this month. This is in keeping with Thailand’s hopes to regain its place of regional leadership.