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Thailand coup general named PM

Thailand coup general named PM

BBC Online
Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during an event titled
The general led the army in the May coup that ousted Yingluck Shinawatra's civilian government

Thailand's junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named the new prime minister of the southeast Asian nation.

Gen Prayuth, 60, was nominated on Thursday in a legislature hand-picked by the junta and made up of mostly military and police figures.

The general was the head of the army when he led a dramatic coup in May.

It followed months of intense political deadlock between Yingluck Shinawatra's government and opposition parties that resulted in protests and clashes.

Gen Prayuth was chosen after all 197 members of Thailand's National Assembly cast their votes on Thursday morning. As prime minister, he is expected to pick his new cabinet soon.

His role is said to be an interim one. The military has said it will hold a general election in late 2015.


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