Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

BANGKOK – Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said on Wednesday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation.


Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197-strong appointed assembly convenes on Thursday to select a new leader for the Southeast Asian country, the sources told AFP.


"It was difficult to find people to become prime minister other than General Prayut. If it's not him, who else should it be?" one junta official said on condition of anonymity.


"He staged a coup. He has to be responsible for solving all the problems by himself. By becoming prime minister, he will have full power," the person said.

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