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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs   5 August 2014  

Newly-named Legislative Assembly inaugural meet this week

 BANGKOK, Aug 4 --  The inaugural meeting of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will be held on Thursday, one day before the first session to select the NLA president will kick off.
Norarat Pimsen, secretary general of the Senate sent letter, inviting NLA’s 200 members to attend the inaugural meeting to be held on Thursday at 3pm at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in the compound of Dusit Palace.  
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will preside over the ceremony.
The first session will be held on Friday at 9.30am.  
The meeting’s agenda is to appoint the president and vice president of the NLA.
His Majesty the King on July 31 issued a royal command appointing 200 members of the NLA proposed by the National Council for Peace and Order.
The list of NLA members, comprising 105 active and retired senior military officers, 10 high ranking police officers, and 85 academics and businesspersons, was published in the Royal Gazette and announced on Thursday night.
Among the prominent figures appointed as NLA members were former Permanent Secretary for Defence Gen Nipat Thonglek, Klanarong Chantik, a former member of the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, and Songsuda Yodmani, president of the American University Alumni Association and daughter of former prime minister Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn.

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