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Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Afp, Bangkok

Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said yesterday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation.

Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197-strong appointed assembly convenes on Thursday to select a new leader for the Southeast Asian country, the sources told AFP.

"It was difficult to find people to become prime minister other than General Prayut. If it's not him, who else should it be? He staged a coup. He has to be responsible for solving all the problems by himself. By becoming prime minister, he will have full power" one junta official said on condition of anonymity.

Prayut seized power from an elected government in a bloodless coup on May 22, shortly after Yingluck Shinawatra was dismissed as prime minister in a controversial court ruling.

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