Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
After 12 hours of parliamentary debate, a majority of the combined House of Representatives and Senate voted 500-244 to appoint Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as Prime Minister of Thailand. 3 MPs abstained. The result is not unexpected. 249 out of 250 unelected senators voted for Prayut Chan-o-cha. The only abstention was Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, Speaker of the Senate and Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha Ahead of the parliamentary meeting to vote for a Prime Minister, all 4 undecided parties have announced they are joining Phalang Pracharat’s coalition. Combining their MPs, the Prayut coalition appears to have secured a majority in the House of Representatives.
The list of 250 unelected senators has been announced in the Royal Gazette. Almost all of them were appointed by the junta. Some of them are also relatives of members of the junta. Gen. Preecha Chan-o-cha, Prayut's brother and now a senator.
The calculation of party-list MPs by Election Commission favours pro-junta parties as it slices down the opposition. Here’s how it works step-by-step.
The Ombudsman ruled on Thursday 14 March that Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is not a government official, and therefore may run as a candidate for Prime Minister. But Sombat Boonngamanong has taken the opportunity to point out that in the Supreme Court ruling on his case, Prayut was considered a government official. Sombat Boonngamanong submit a letter.
Prayut Chan-o-cha had said earlier ‘oust me if you can, jerk' during a speech on the government’s 4-year record. Students have come out to do just that and got arrested. Parit arrestedSource: Parit Chiwarak
Turning back to answers from past Commanders-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army when asked if there would be a coup d’état, Chalermchai insisted “there won’t be one”; Teerachai smiled but didn’t answer; Udomdej affirmed that there definitely wouldn’t be one; Prayut gave answers that started as chaotic to a question that can’t be answered and as we know, Anupong insisted that there definitely wouldn’t be one, and Sonthi said there probably wouldn’t be one before saying “some questions cannot be answered even after death”.
Security officers have interrupted a small protest by Chulalongkorn University student activists who called junta chairman Prayuth Chan-o-cha a ‘dictator.’ On 9 April, four students held up a sign reading ‘Chula people love Prayuth dictator’ outside of the Siam Square One shopping mall as the junta chairman exited a talk on technology and innovation that he gave at the university. Prayut’s guards ripped the sign and started to steer the students away from the area until Prayuth noticed and told his security officials to stop, rep
After Bangkok deported an outspoken Cambodian activist, Phnom Penh has agreed to help Thailand in hunting for Thai fugitives.
Since the junta leader coined the term “Thai-ism democracy,” various politicians have observed that it is just another attempt by the junta to justify its authoritarian politics by using beautiful words. But looking at Prayut’s further explanations, it might be worse than that. “Thailand can no longer be in conflict.