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Thai junta chief says ready to be interim PM

English.news.cn   2014-08-21 19:01:26

BANGKOK, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thursday that he was ready to take up the post of interim prime minister, but did not disclose any immediate work plan.

After the royal endorsement is given, a cabinet soon to be formed will strictly adhere to the agenda and timeline set by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the official name of the junta that staged the May 22 coup, the newly-selected interim premier was quoted by Bangkok Post as saying.

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA), or the post-coup interim legislature, selected Prayuth as Thailand's 29th prime minister in the morning. No other candidates were nominated to contest with the NCPO chief.

The result is expected to be forwarded for royal endorsement within the day, according to the NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai.

According to the NCPO roadmap, a new general election is expected to take place around October 2015 and an elected government to take shape late next year.

Deputy Secretary-General of the once-ruling Pheu Thai Party Chavalit Wichayasut urged the to-be-installed premier to lift the martial law that has been imposed since May, saying its abolishment would restore the confidence of tourists and investors in the country.


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Editor: Bi Mingxin
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