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Thai junta leader could be PM

23 July 2014, 18:32

Bangkok - The leader of Thailand's junta could become prime minister in a government to be set up under a newly drafted interim constitution, but that will be decided by an appointed provisional parliament, a junta legal adviser said on Wednesday.

The military has ruled Thailand since a coup on 22 May and analysts have said General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who leads the ruling military council, could remain the country's leader until a general election tentatively due in the second half of 2015.

Asked at a news conference on the interim charter whether Prayuth would be prime minister, Wissanu Krea-ngam, a legal adviser to the junta, said: "The constitution allows it, but whether he is appointed or not is down to the National Legislative Assemby".

- Reuters


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