Junta chief officially appointed as Thailand's 29th premier

Junta chief officially appointed as Thailand's 29th premier
Thailand Prime Minister and junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Junta chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday is officially appointed as the 29th prime minister of Thailand.

In a ceremony at the army headquarter, Prayuth received a royal command appointing him to the top administration position. The appointment was announced in the Royal Gazette on Sunday.

In his first speech after the appointment, Prayuth asked the public to extend cooperation with the authorities to restore the democracy in the country.

He said he would submit his cabinet line-up for the royal approval within October.

PM promises cabinet formation for September

New appointed Prime Minister Prayuth ChanOcha on Monday said he will form a cabinet as soon as possible, probably around the end of September.

He was speaking in his first speech after receiving a royal command to become Thailand's 29th Prime Minister.

"There will be close cooperation between the government and National Council for Peace and Order," he said.

He also urged people not to worry about (appointment of) certain individuals, saying he would press on with creating strong systems and security issues.

"I will work on economic and social issues, judiciary systems and all other issues in to prepare the country for national reform and push the country to prosperity," he said.

Prayuth faces tough choices for Cabinet

Prime Minister-elect General Prayuth Chan-ocha will today receive royal endorsement and officially become the head of the government while his deputies, military officers and technocrats are vying for positions in his Cabinet.

The ceremony introducing the Army and National Council for Peace and Order chief as the new prime minister will be held at Army headquarters this morning. The media will not be allowed to cover the ceremony but it will be televised live nationwide, according to an Army official.

It is expected that Prayuth will spend more time forming his first Cabinet as he is yet to finalise who gets which portfolio.

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