BANGKOK, 25 August 2014 – His Majesty the King has given a royal command appointing Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha as the 29th Prime Minister of Thailand.
The ceremony appointing Gen Prayuth, who also serves as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), took place on Monday morning at the Royal Thai Army headquarters, four days after the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) unanimously voted to elect the army chief as the new premier, paving the way for the formation of an interim government.
The approval from HM the King is a formality and the interim government will be established in the coming weeks.
According to the announcement published in the Royal Gazette, His Majesty the King has endorsed Gen Prayuth as prime minister to govern the country from this day onwards.
After the ceremony, Gen Prayuth expressed his gratitude for the King’s benevolence, while pledging to commit his life and soul to this very nation. He also vowed to tackle various issues and bring happiness back to the people once and for all.