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Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted in as prime minister after election

The former army chief secured the 375 votes needed to secure the post in a vote by both houses of parliament, one of which was entirely appointed by the junta.

By: Reuters | Bangkok |
June 5, 2019 10:12:28 pm
As Thailand goes to poll, the likely winner is clear. But the aftermath isn’t. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had cast his ballot to vote in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2019. (REUTERS File/Athit Perawongmetha)

Thailand’s new parliament voted in ruling military junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister on Wednesday, five years after he overthrew an elected government.

The former army chief secured the 375 votes needed to secure the post in a vote by both houses of parliament, one of which was entirely appointed by the junta.

The vote comes 10 weeks after a March 24 general election that opposition parties say was designed to extend and legitimise military dominance over government.

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