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
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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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Palang Pracharat party leader Uttama Savanayana talks to reporters meeting the Democrat party leader in Bangkok on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Thailand’s pro-junta Palang Pracharat poised to cement power as it invites two parties to form coalition

  • Deal with two unaligned parties likely to sink opposition coalition’s bid to keep junta members from retaining dominance over government
  • Bhumjaithai has accepted invitation, while Democrat Party is expected to announce decision soon
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Palang Pracharat party leader Uttama Savanayana talks to reporters meeting the Democrat party leader in Bangkok on Monday. Photo: Reuters
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