Gen Prayuth named 29th Prime Minister


BANGKOK, 21 August 2014  – General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named Thailand’s 29th Prime Minister after receiving a unanimous vote at the fourth National Legislative Assembly (NLA) meeting. 

The legislative assembly today (August 21) convened its fourth meeting, with the selection of an interim prime minister as its main agenda.

Gen Prayuth was the only person nominated at the meeting. His name was proposed by Mr. Tuang Untachai, one of the NLA members.

Out of 194 NLA members who were present at the meeting, 191 voted to appoint Gen Prayuth as the new Premier, with 3 members abstaining from the poll. The three were NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai and two vice-presidents Surachai Liengboonlertchai and Peerasak Porchit.

His appointment will later be forwarded to HM the king for royal endorsement.