BANGKOK, 6 September 2014 – Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is adamant the first Cabinet meeting will take place on September 9 as preparations are being made for the government policy declaration.
After having led the Cabinet members to pledge their allegiance to His Majesty the King, Gen Prayuth reiterated on his TV program that the Cabinet would convene for the first time this September 9 as expected earlier, with a view to discussing and planning out the government’s overall administrative policy. The premier said he was coordinating with responsible authorities of the National Legislative Assembly to set a date on which the government policy would be delivered.
In his capacity as Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Gen Prayuth made known that the NCPO would soon pass on the administrative power to the Cabinet and would instead assume a role of coordinator. Among the priorities of the NCPO would be the promotion of the Thai economy, especially in the agricultural, industrial and tourism sectors, development of the country in parallel with the ASEAN Community’s establishment and restoration of national stability.
As for the enforcement of martial law, public members were urged not to worry and to have confidence in the appropriateness of all proceedings by the NCPO. Gen Prayuth insisted that the NCPO had been constantly evaluating the security situation and would consider relaxing the law one step at a time.