BANGKOK, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday morning received a royal command formally appointing him the 29th prime minister of the country.
Born in 1954, Prayuth was selected by the National Legislative Assembly, or the post-coup provisional legislature, as interim premier last Thursday.
The army chief and head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) received the royal command at the Army Headquarters, instead of the traditional venue at the Government House.
In an address delivered afterwards, the new premier said he would forward the cabinet lineup to the king for endorsement within October. He is expected to select at most 35 cabinet members.
Prayuth vowed to safeguard national interests and work on national reconciliation, saying that many problems still remained to be tackled and many laws to be updated.
He also called for cooperation from all sectors of the society and insisted that all groups of people were invited to join the national reform.
It remains unsure whether Prayuth, who is due to retire from the army on Sept. 30, will resign as the army chief.
Thaksin Shinawatra, a former premier who is now living in self- exile, has reportedly asked his supporters to give Prayuth's interim government a chance to administer the country.
Thai junta chief says ready to be interim PM
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. Full Story