Prayuth Chan-ocha elected as new Prime Minister of Thailand
The Thai parliament has recently elected ex military government chief Prayuth Chan-ocha as its new Prime Minister. He beat the popular billionaire leader of the anti-junta Future Forward Party, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, with 500 votes to 244 after a 12-hour session that included 10 hours of fierce debate in Parliament on June 5. Prayuth will now head a coalition government led by the pro-military Palang Pracharat Party. Prayuth’s appointment becomes official when it is endorsed by King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and has not had a royal run for frontline office since 1932.
Topics: Constitution of Thailand • Future Forward Party • Government of Thailand • Honorary Grand Commanders of the Order of the Defender of the Realm • National Assembly of Thailand • Orders of chivalry • Orders, decorations, and medals • Orders, decorations, and medals of Thailand • Palang Pracharath Party • Prayut Chan-o-cha • Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit • Vajiralongkorn