Thai junta leader could be PM - adviser

2014-07-23 09:00
General Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at the start of his first press conference since the country's coup. (File, AP)

General Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at the start of his first press conference since the country's coup. (File, AP)

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Bangkok - The leader of Thailand's junta could become prime minister in a government to be set up under a newly drafted interim constitution, but that will be decided by an appointed provisional parliament, a junta legal adviser said on Wednesday.

The military has ruled Thailand since a coup on 22 May and analysts have said General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who leads the ruling military council, could remain the country's leader until a general election tentatively due in the second half of 2015.

Asked at a news conference on the interim charter whether Prayuth would be prime minister, Wissanu Krea-ngam, a legal adviser to the junta, said: "The constitution allows it, but whether he is appointed or not is down to the National Legislative Assemby".
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