Reason to smile: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: Reuters
Dr Pithaya Pookaman
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Asian Angle by Dr Pithaya Pookaman

Reality bites in Thailand as ‘political cobras’ return Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha

  • Prayuth Chan-ocha beat his pro-democracy rival 500 votes to just 244, with help from a hand-picked Senate and a coalition of allied politicians who traded campaign promises for cosy cabinet positions

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Reason to smile: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: Reuters
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Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok in May. Photo: Reuters

Thai parliament votes to confirm junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister

  • Final tally stands at 500 for Prayuth and 244 for his sole rival, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, with three abstaining
  • Vote ensures Prayuth’s transition from leader of the 2014 coup and the ruling junta to a prime minister endorsed by an elected parliament
Topic |   Thailand

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Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok in May. Photo: Reuters
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