Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
4 Jan 2017
The junta head has confirmed the allegation that police officers followed the former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her New Year holiday, saying it is normal for her to be followed. On 3 January 2016, Yingluck posted on her Facebook page that she was closely followed by police officers and administration officials in plainclothes during a New Year trip with her family in Northern Thailand.
21 Dec 2016
Morality is peace and order and national security. If you don't understand this, you can't do anything else.
14 Dec 2016
Thailand’s junta leader has invoked absolute power to terminate three public agencies responsible for facilitating dialogue between civil society and the state.
23 Nov 2016
Thailand’s cabinet has halted plans to build a controversial coal-fired power plant in the southern Krabi province.
22 Nov 2016
A government board has approved a series of special projects that come under the Eastern Economic Corridor Development initiative. 48 projects, valued at almost 7 billion baht collectively, will be executed across 60 years beginning from 2017.
11 Nov 2016
The leader of Thailand’s junta has congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump on being elected, saying the junta would accept anyone elected by the people. On 9 November 2016, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Thailand’s Prime Minister, said the Thai government would have accepted whoever emerged as victor in the 2016 US election since either would have had the mandate of the people, reported the Thai News Agency. Prayut heads Thailand’s junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (N
2 Nov 2016
Thailand’s draft constitution will be sent for royal approval on 9 November. The King will have 90 days to revise it before approval. On 1 November 2016, junta leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that the deadline for Thailand’s draft constitution to be ready for the King to sign is 9 November.
21 Oct 2016
This column was first published as a lead op ed on October 14, then was overtaken by events. It asks the key question about Rama IX’s legacy, the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy. Unlike Bhutan’s Buddhist-economic-based theory of Gross National Happiness, the PSE has made no progress internationally. The Prayut Administration controls the message regarding the PSE domestically. Whether it actually cares about the PSE can therefore only be measured by whether it makes the PSE work internationally. Gentile or Jew
14 Oct 2016
The Thai Crown Prince has announced that he is not yet ready to be enthroned as the next King, joining the public to mourn for the late King. At about 9:40 pm on 13 October 2016, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, told media after a special meeting at Parliament that Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn does not wish to be formally enthroned as the next King yet.
13 Oct 2016
The world's longest reigning monarch has passed away, beginning a year of mourning. According to the Thai junta leader, the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will be the next King of Thailand.
12 Oct 2016
As Thais gather at Siriraj Hospital where the King is being treated to pray for his recovery, the Thai junta leader has abruptly cancelled public functions to return to Bangkok while some royal events have also been postponed. On 12 October 2016, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, abruptly cancelled all his functions in the eastern province of Chonburi and returned to Bangkok. The junta leader had just finished presiding over a ceremony to open a new building at the Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment in Chonburi
7 Oct 2016
The Chair of the Department of Public Prosecutor Commission (DPPC) has removed the Deputy Director-General of the DPPC after he supported a call to investigate corruption allegations against the junta leader’s brother.