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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs  26  August 2014  

Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha royally appointed 29th Thai PM

BANGKOK, Aug 25 -Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), received a royal command appointing him the country's 29th prime minister at Army headquarters.
His wife Assoc Prof Naraporn Chan-ocha, members of the NCPO and permanent secretaries of ministries attended the ceremony.
Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, president of the National Legislative Assembly, presented the royal command.
Gen Prayuth said that he will propose his cabinet line-up to His Majesty the King within September.
He promised to solve national problems urgently and to be accountable.
Gen Prayuth vowed to tackle corruption, especially that in the government sector, and to develop the nation in all dimensions.
He asked general public to support the work of his government.
The nation's economic problems would be solved quickly and sustainably to prepare Thailand for the ASEAN Community, he pledged.
He promised to work for the national interest and with honesty, and promote national unity.

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AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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