Gen. Prawit appointed chairman of the military junta
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Gen. Prawit appointed chairman of the military junta

Yesterday, Prayuth was appointed (or English translation) head of the junta (หัวหน้าคณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ) per AP:

Thailand’s coup leader said Monday that the country’s king had officially endorsed him to run the nation after the armed forces seized power last week. The announcement came one day after the junta warned protesters it was ready to crackdown on civilian opposition to its takeover.

Dressed in a white military uniform, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha spoke at the start of his first press conference since Thursday’s coup.

He justified the putsch, saying that he had to act after a half-year of increasingly violent confrontations between the now-ousted government and its supporters, and demonstrators backed by powerful businessmen who had struggled to overthrow it.

BP: Today, the junta AKA National Council for Peace and Order have appointed half a dozen advisors as per below tweet from a journalist from The Nation Group:

Translation as per below:

Gen Prawit Wongsuwan [former Army C-in-C] has been appointed Chairman

Somkid Jatusripitak [former Finance Minister under Thaksin] is responsible for foreign affairs

Pridiyathorn Devakula [former Finance Minister under the Surayud government] and Narongchai Akrasanee [former Senator and Minister of Commerce] are responsible for economic affairs

Wisanu Krue-ngam [former cabinet secretary-general under Thaksin] is responsible for legal and justice affairs

Gen. Anupong Paochinda [former Army C-in-C and main person behind 2006 coup] is responsible for security affairs

BP: Both Prawit and Anupong were the main backers of Suthep. Jonathan Head of the BBC:

BP: Will Prawit also get to be PM? We have a mini-Cabinet from the above….