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  • Prayut returns as prime minister

    General Prayut Chan-o-cha was elected as prime minister in a Parliamentary vote late on Wednesday night after more than 12.5 hours of intense debate. Prayut returned as PM for a second term after a five-year term since the 2014 coup, beating his opponent Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit with 500 to 244 votes with three abstentions.

    His victory came due to support from nearly 20 political parties and the 250-member Senate. Thanathorn did not vote because he has been suspended from his MP duties, and neither did former Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, who gave up his party-list MP seat on Wednesday morning. The general is Thailand's 29th prime minister.: -

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  • #2
    Royal command appoints Prayut as PM

    Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed to serve the country, people and His Majesty the King after being royally appointed the prime minister of Thailand for a second term.

    The royal appointment ceremony took place at about 1.30pm in the presence of members of the 18 coalition parties at the Pakdibodin building in Government House's compound.

    Sorasak Pienvej, secretary-general of the House, delivered the royal command. Gen Prayut remained the 29th prime minister of Thailand as his second four-year term started.

    After receiving the royal command, Gen Prayut said he was grateful to His Majesty and would work for the King and people.

    "I affirm that I will dedicate myself to public service with honesty and integrity in pursuit of the greater good of the country and the people of Thailand. I will listen to the voices of the people while fulfilling my duty to move forward and develop the country in all economic and social aspects," Gen Prayut said.

    He promised to help the poor, develop human resources, promote national unity and let people of the new generation take part in national development.

    He also thanked coalition parties for their support.

    Before the ceremony, Gen Prayut told reporters that the new cabinet would be formed soon.

    "There will be discussions. Suitability will be considered and compromises must be made. The benefits of the country and people will be the priority," he said.

    After the new cabinet is sworn in, his power under Section 44 of the interim constitution in his capacity as the chief of the National Council for Peace and Order would end, Gen Prayut said.

    While his government is set to serve a four-year term, Gen Prayut will likely continue to be prime minister for the next eight years — until 2027 — thanks to the full support he has from 250 NCPO-appointed senators. The senators serve a five-year term to June 2024, so they will be able to join the vote for prime minister at least one more time.

    If the results of the next election are similar to those of the March 24 poll and the senators' support for him remain unwavering, Gen Prayut will likely serve another four-year term, bringing his term to 13-14 years in total — more than five under the NCPO's powers and eight more through elections under the 2017 Constitution. Even if he loses a series of no-confidence debates, the senators are likely to join with a minority in the House to vote him back in.:
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    • #3
      Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
      Royal command appoints Prayut as PM

      And that's a good thing.
      Can you imagine watching CNN on purpose?


      • #4
        Prayut poised to take over party leadership: source

        Former junta leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is to become the official leader of the military-aligned party, Phalang Pracharat after the new Cabinet is installed, a source in the party said.

        A party assembly to change the executive board is expected next month, the source said.

        Uttama Savanayana would purportedly step down to give way to Prayut while Sontirat Sontijirawong would continue as the secretary-general.

        The move to push Prayut as the party leader is to reportedly transform the general into a full politician and weaken the association with the junta.

        Prayut planned to stay in politics for the long term, the source said. Without the party membership, it had also been difficult for the general to help the party campaign and build up popularity.

        Prayut's leadership of Phalang Pracharat was also to resolve the issue with the Sam Mitr or Three Allies group, which is influential in the party. The group had been a stumbling block in recent Cabinet portfolio allocation.

        Deputy prime minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, in charge of the government’s legal affairs, said yesterday that Prayut could take the position if he wanted.

        However, Wissanu also warned that if anything went wrong, Prayut would inevitably be affected as a party executive.

        Prayut planned to stay in politics for the long term:
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        • #5
          Prayut poised to take over party leadership
          now there's a surprise ..................not


          • #6
            Best qualified of the lot...
            Can you imagine watching CNN on purpose?


            • #7
              New Cabinet to be ready by month-end: PM

              PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday that he would finish putting together his Cabinet by the end of this month but was yet to make a decision on whether he would take the post of defence minister.

              A legal team is examining the names proposed by parties in the pro-junta coalition on whether they are qualified to serve in the Cabinet, he said.

              Prayut’s statement yesterday on the new Cabinet came amid a brewing conflict within the coalition leader Phalang Pracharat Party whose MPs from the Northeast and southern constituencies are demanding their pound of flesh.

              General Prayut is about to cut off his ties with the military when the ruling junta – the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) – makes way for the new cabinet. He is considering taking on the leadership of the Phalang Pracharat. A legal team is looking into possible risks for Prayut should the party face legal trouble that could lead to dissolution. “Take it easy, I have my legal team looking into this matter,” Prayut said in response to queries.

              Prayut dismissed criticisms of his claims while taking power after the 2014 coup that he was not keen on parliamentary politics while some have expressed apprehensions of his ability to deal with politicians. “Well, I have been in this position for five years and managed to fix many problems to move the country forward,” Prayut told reporters. “What I have done over the past years are good and bad. I’m not born to be the premier but I have learned a lot.” The general claimed his government had done better than civilian governments. The junta chief said Thailand is now a democratic country, and hence he has to listen to all views and opinions, especially the new generation.

              “I don’t blame anybody. This is a democratic world, the students can express their opinions about politics but they should focus on doing their duty rather than waste time talking too much about politics,” he said, referring to students’ political expression through pedestal trays when they paid respects to their teachers during Teacher’s Day last week.

              Besides taking over the leadership of the Phalang Pracharat, observers believe Prayut would need to keep the Defence portfolio to secure the military’s support, as his mentor and comrade-in-arms Prawit Wongsuwan might not be able to take the position in the new cabinet due to his poor health.

              “It would be wrong if I take two positions [PM and Defence]. I’m not worried about that since our military has strong discipline”, he said, declining to answer questions on whether Prawit would stay in the new cabinet. :
              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


              • #8
                what a sad farce :rofl:


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Butterfly View Post
                  what a sad farce :rofl:
                  I will agree with you if and when he doesn't get the baht back to 33/34 against the USD.

                  Hearing he's got 3 months to achieve that or his coalition is gone.
                  Can you imagine watching CNN on purpose?


                  • #10
                    New government to be ready by middle of July, PM assures

                    AMID SPECULATION and concern about the failure to set up a Cabinet three months after the March election, Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday confirmed that the new government would be ready by mid-July.

                    PM Prayut said a check of the ministers’ qualifications was underway. The line-up would be submitted for royal endorsement soon after Prayut returns from Japan where he will attend the G20 Summit on Friday and Saturday.

                    “It will be finished just in time,” Prayut told reporters yesterday in a press briefing after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

                    Prayut conceded that there might be changes to the line-up circulated in the media. He said the disappointed candidates could still work in the lower house as MPs, adding that he believed this should not create problems within the bloc if everyone agreed it was in the best interest of the country.

                    The junta leader-turned-elected PM has appeared to be pacing himself and not rushing the process of finalising the new Cabinet. This is despite the fact that General Prayut has been asked almost daily by reporters about the progress. Some commentators see the progress in government formation as too slow, considering the election was held three months ago and Prayut had secured his premiership almost a month ago.

                    Initially, the delay was due to disagreements within the junta-aligned bloc on the allocation of portfolios. But the onus of resolving of that was passed on to Prayut as the PM, with stakeholders saying they trusted the general to make the decisions and keep promises.

                    Some questioned if Prayut appeared to be dragging his heels over the matter as he was enjoying the semi-power vacuum and the status quo.

                    Without a new government in place, Prayut is both the legitimate elected prime minister and also the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The Constitution prescribes that the coup-installed council would become defunct only after the new government takes office.

                    Opposition ready for battle
                    Anti-junta politicians were pushing the general to get on with forming the Cabinet, citing the length of time since the March 24 election.

                    Future Forward Party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul yesterday pointed out the three-month vacuum and the June 11 royal endorsement of Prayut as premier – and still there was no Cabinet to run the country.

                    “I call on General Prayut to do it quickly and not let the portfolio allocation to get in the way, affecting the administration,” Piyabutr said yesterday. “The anti-junta opposition is now ready to do the job. We are already prepared to quiz them in Parliament but we have no idea who will respond to questions.”

                    Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai sent out a similar message, tweeting yesterday that the country was stuck on pause because the leader did not have the capacity to form a government.

                    While the government had yet to be properly formed, the opposition parties have used the time to prepare for grilling their rivals in Parliament.

                    In today’s session, Pheu Thai spokesperson Laddawan Wongsriwong said the opposition would scrutinise the national reform plan to discuss its lack of progress. The controversial 20-year national strategy would also be addressed today, she said.

                    The debate today is expected to be heated and extensive. Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Jirayu Huangsap said it was because this would be the first debate in five years since the 2014 coup.

                    In a related development, scores of parliamentarians in both houses as well as ministerial candidates were scrutinised, most of them for allegedly holding shares in media companies.

                    The scrutiny follows the suspension of Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit from the lower house. The opposition parties have levelled the same charges against their rival MPs and demanded that face the same restrictions as Thanathorn.

                    Initially, there were complaints that 41 MPs allegedly held shares in media companies. The Constitution Court will decide today whether or not to accept petition. It is also expected that the court will decide if, like Thanathorn, the 41 accused would also be suspended from the House.:
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                    • #11
                      New Cabinet will be ready by middle of the month: PM

                      Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday said that his Cabinet would be finalised by the middle of this month and ready for Royal approval.

                      When asked if all the Cabinet members would be ready to be sworn in before His Majesty the King by mid-July. Prayut nodded, adding, “When a subsequent Royal command is published, that is when it [swearing in] will happen."

                      He told the public and the media to consider the election as over, explaining that it had taken more than three months since the March 24 election for the new government to take office due to the time-consuming formalities of the process.

                      An unconfirmed list of new Cabinet members has been circulating among media outlets since Wednesday. The list includes many high-profile members of the present caretaker Cabinet, with some members taking on new portfolios, including Somkid and Prawit.

                      The tentative list of Cabinet members as of Wednesday
                      1. Prayut Chan-o-cha
                      Prime Minister
                      2. Prawit Wongsuwan
                      Deputy Prime Minister for National Security Affairs
                      3. Somkid Jatusripitak
                      Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs
                      4. Wissanu Krea-ngam
                      Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs
                      5.Jurin Laksanawisit
                      Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister
                      6.Anutin Charnvirakul
                      Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister
                      7. General Anupong Paochinda
                      Interior Minister
                      8. Niphon Bunyamanee
                      Deputy Interior Minister
                      9. Songsak Thongsee
                      Deputy Interior Minister
                      10. General Chaicharn Changmongkhol
                      Defence Minister
                      11. Utama Savanayon
                      Finance Minister
                      12. Santi Phromphat
                      Deputy Finance Minister
                      13. MR Chatumongol Sonakul
                      PM’s Office Minister
                      14. Tewan Liptapanlop
                      PM’s Office Minister
                      15. Nataphol Teepsuwan
                      Education Minister
                      16. Kalaya Sophonpanich
                      Deputy Education Minister
                      17. Kanokwan Wilawal
                      Deputy Education Minister
                      18. Suriya Juangroongruangkit
                      Industry Minister
                      19. Suwit Mekhinsee
                      Undergraduate Education, Research, Science and Innovation Minister
                      20. Sonthirat Sonthijirawong
                      Energy Minister
                      21. Somsak Thepsuthin
                      Justice Minister
                      22. Buddhipongse Punakanta
                      Digital Economy and Society Minister
                      23. Ittipol Khunpluem
                      Culture Minister
                      24. Juti Krairiksh
                      Social Development and Human Security Minister
                      25. Saksayam Chidchob
                      Transport Minister
                      26. Thavorn Senniam
                      Deputy Transport Minister
                      27. Atheerat Rattanaset
                      Deputy Transport Minister
                      28. Phrommanas Phromphao
                      Labour Minister
                      29. Chalermchai Sri-on
                      Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister
                      30. Mananya Thaiset
                      Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister
                      31. Praphat Phothasuthon
                      Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister
                      32. Sathit Pitutecha
                      Deputy Public Health Minister
                      33. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn
                      Tourism and Sports Minister
                      34. Weerasak Wongsuphakijkoson
                      Deputy Commerce Minister
                      35. Varawut Silpa-archa
                      Natural Resources and Environment Minister
                      36. Don Pramudwinai
                      Foreign Minister


                      Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
                      Originally posted by Butterfly View Post
                      what a sad farce :rofl:
                      I will agree with you if and when he doesn't get the baht back to 33/34 against the USD.

                      Hearing he's got 3 months to achieve that or his coalition is gone.
                      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                      • #12
                        New cabinet ministers appointed

                        His Majesty the King has appointed new cabinet ministers as nominated by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

                        The new cabinet line-up published in the Royal Gazette on Wednesday evening is a mix of members of the military government he headed after leading a 2014 coup and key politicians who helped him assemble a majority in the House of Representatives after March elections.

                        Gen Prayut will be both prime minister and defence minister in the 36-member Cabinet, while Gen Chaicharn Changmongkol is deputy defence minister.

                        Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, Somkid Jatusripitak and Wissanu Krea-ngam are named as deputy prime ministers.

                        Democrat Party leader Jurin Laksanavisit is deputy prime minister and commerce minister. Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnveerakul is deputy prime minister and public health minister. Tewan Liptapallop is prime minister's office minister.

                        Palang Pracharath (PPRP) leader Uttama Savanayana is finance minister while Santi Prompat is his deputy. Don Pramudwinai retains the post of foreign minister. Pipat Ratchakitprakan is tourism and sports minister. Juti Krairiksh is social development and human security minister.

                        Suvit Maesincee is minister of higher education, science, research and innovation. Chalermchai Sri-on is agriculture minister while Thammanat Prompao, Mananya Thaiset and Praphat Phothasuthon are his deputies.

                        Saksayam Chidchob is transport minister and his deputies are Atirat Rattanaset and Thaworn Senneam.

                        Buddhipongse Punnakanta is digital economy and society minister. Varawut Silpa-archa is natural resources and environment minister.

                        Sontirat Sontijirawong is energy minister. Veerasak Wangsupakitkosol is deputy commerce minister.

                        Gen Anupong Paojinda retains the post of interior minister and his deputies are Nipon Boonyamanee and Songsak Thongsri.

                        Two members of key PPRP faction Sam Mitr (Three Allies) received cabinet posts: Somsak Thepsuthin is justice minister, while Suriya Juangroongruangkit is industry minister. MR Chatumongol Sonakul is labour minister and Ittipol Khunploem is culture minister.:
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                        • #13
                          left their guns outside this time then


                          • #14
                            PM leads cabinet to take oath

                            Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet members have been sworn in before His Majesty the King on Tuesday.

                            His Majesty granted them an audience at Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, or Ambara Villa, in Dusit Palace in Bangkok at 6pm.

                            The atmosphere at Government House was lively in the afternoon. Wearing white uniforms with the Prime Minister’s Office insignia, cabinet ministers from the Bhumjaithai and Democrat parties arrived at Government House at around 2pm.

                            Public Health Minister and Bhumjaithai Party leader Anuthin Charnveerakul led his party’s cabinet ministers, while the Democrats were led by Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister and party leader Jurin Laksanavisit.

                            The Secretariat of the Cabinet had arranged vehicles to take all 36 cabinet ministers to the royal residential hall.

                            At 4.30pm, Gen Prayut led the new cabinet ministers to Amphon Sathan Residential Hall from Government House for the oath-taking ceremony.

                            The swearing-in of the ministers in the presence of His Majesty the King is required by the constitution. After they are sworn in, the government will have to deliver a policy statement before the House of Representatives which is scheduled to last three days from July 25.

                            The key political consequence of the ceremony is the National Council for Peace and Order, which ruled the country for five years, ceased to exist once the cabinet was sworn in.

                            The cabinet ministers will officially begin working on July 18. But Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said before the ceremony the prime minister would hold his first meeting with all ministers and deputies to give them work guidelines after they returned.

                            During the meeting, cabinet approval will be sought for draft policies that will be delivered to Parliament. If there is no problem, the policies will be printed and delivered to all MPs within 24 hours, said Mr Wissanu.

                            The cabinet is expected to endorse the appointment of Disthat Hotrakit as PM’s secretary-general, said Mr Wissanu.

                            Mr Disthat is considered a key legal expert, serving as secretary-general of the Office of the Council of State and member of the National Legislative Assembly. On top of this, he used to be a member of state enterprise boards, Thai media reported.:
                            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                            • #15
                              80 opposition MPs sharpen their claws for policy debate

                              Planning to make the most of the 13.30 hours allocated to them during the government policy debate on Thursday and Friday, 80 opposition MPs are getting ready to attack Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Cabinet members, opposition whip Suthin Klungsang said on Tuesday.

                              The coalition government, meanwhile, has insisted that each and every MP on its side has to be present in Parliament for the debate.

                              Suthin said the opposition will not just focus on government policies, but will also question the qualifications of the ministers, though he added that they will only focus on facts and not bring up personal issues, so the other side doesn’t start protesting.

                              He added that the government, opposition and senators have all agreed that the time allocated for debate will be reduced if the person debating at any given time is interrupted.

                              “Pheu Thai MPs will avoid subjects that will encourage interruptions from the other side. If they cannot do that, then they are not good at debating,” Suthin said.

                              He said he was not worried that the Phalang Pracharat Party has 20 MPs ready to fire back at the opposition, because only two of them – Weerakorn Khampragob and Wirat Ratanaset – have any experience in Parliament debates.

                              He is not worried about the Democrat MPs either, because though they are more experienced as opposition MPs, adding that he does not expect the Democrats to put forward a strong debate either.

                              Suthin also warned senators, saying they should stick to their job of scrutinising as set by the Constitution, and avoid defending the government side.

                              Wirat, as chair of the government whip, said that every coalition member must attend the two-day policy debate and that no excuses for absence will be accepted.

                              Meanwhile, Democrat MP Chinnaworn Boonyakiat, said his party has been allocated 63 minutes for debate and will focus on clarifying the policies it promised during the election campaign.

                              Government whip Wichian Chawalit said he was confident that Prayut will be able to deal with all the attacks from the opposition. “They must not play foul,” he warned.

                              According to schedule, debates will kick off from 9.30am and wrap up at 1am the following day.:
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