More than half of the junta-appointed NLA are military officers
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More than half of the junta-appointed NLA are military officers

btw, Saksith has a nice infographic here.


The dominance of active and retired military officers in the legislative body reinforces the army’s hold on power in the run-up to the 2015 polls. The junta, officially called the National Council for Peace and Order, has already granted itself what amounts to supreme power over political developments.

Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup and has been serving as de facto prime minister, is widely expected to be named the interim prime minister. Even if he does not take the post, he is seen as holding ultimate power in the interim regime.

The interim legislature, formally known as the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), includes 105 people holding military ranks and 11 from the police. The 84 civilian members include academics, businesspeople, technocrats and former senators.

The legislature is to convene August 7 and will nominate the interim prime minister, who will then choose Cabinet members.

BP: BP also counted 105 current or ex-military in the list of 200. BP didn’t count police, but it was around a dozen so the above breakdown sounds accurate, which led to someone to create the below representation:

Some comments on members of the NLA.

1. Gen. Prayuth’s brother Lt-Gen Preecha Chan-ocha (who is 3rd army region commander) as well as Gen Prawit’s brother Patcharawat Wongsuwan and another member from the Wongsuwan family are in the Assembly. Well, as long as it is not a family member of politicians who were elected then everything is ok as long as they are appointed….

2. Only 10 out of the 200 (5%) are women. In the 2011 parliament, 16% of the MPs were women. (UPDATE: Naphat pointed out on twitter pointed out that this list has 12 women. This is due to the title of one women being left out and one not included in the official list and missing one Khun Ying so there are 12)

h/t to Satien

3. Former two-time PTT CEO Prasert, Khunying Songsuda Yodmanee (daughter of former dictator Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn and who as AUA President protested against the US position on the coup), former Senate President Surachai Liengboonlertchai (the guy who was voted in a few months ago), and Pornpetch Wichiatcholchai, legal adviser to the National Council for Peace and Order and who is tipped to be voted in as President of the NLA.

BP: Initially, it was reported that Somkid (current economic advisor to the junta) was on the NLA list, but now most papers are reporting it is his brother Som (who is a former Commerce Minister himself).

4. ThaiPBS tweets that eight out of the 200 are university rectors:

BP: Matichon has 11 current rectors or on university Board in the NLA.

5. Nation Weekend editor Can tweets that there is a farmer’s representative from Phichit (he joined in with the PDRC protests) in the NLA:

6. Nation Weekend editor Can tweets  that former Defence permanent secretary Gen. Nipat Thonglek (who was close to the Thaksin camp and was removed after the coup) is another member:

7. Nation Weekend editor Can tweets that two former Senators who spoke on the PDRC stage are NLA members:

8. Nation Weekend editor Can tweets that out of the Group of 40 (basically an anti-Thaksin group of Senators) that three are in the NLA.

BP: Matichon has four from the Group of 40. There are more than a dozen former Senators, mostly former Appointed Senators.

9. The Nation with some additional names:

The NLA members include several figures who are seen as being members of the anti-Thaksin movement. They include Klanarong Chanthink, former secretary general of the National Anti-Corruption Commission…

Former Ambassador to England Kitti Wasinond is also appointed.

From business sectors included Suphan Mongkol; president of the Federation of Thai Industries, Boonthak Wangcharoen; chairman of the Thai Bankers Association.

Leading businessmen in the NLA include Boonchai Chokwatana, chairman of Saha Pathanapibul, Suphan Mongkolsuthee, chairman of Federation of Thai Industries, and Issara Vongkusolkit, chairman of Mitr Phol Sugar and chairman of Thai Chamber of Commerce.

BP: At least five out of the 200 are/were aligned with Thaksin, but BP’s educated guess is that over 80% are clearly aligned with the Establishment (some others it is hard to say for certain as don’t know enough about them or their associations). Those aligned with the Establishment may fight amongst themselves on certain issues, for example, they may argue over whether lese majeste should be extended to Privy Councillors etc., but we are talking about a junta rubber stamp here.* Then again given the junta appointed all 200 and they will choose the PM (all the money still on Prayuth) what else should we expect.

* So will the papers call this a parliamentary dictatorship like they did when a pro-Thaksin government controlled a majority of seats….