Thai junta chief proclaimed 2nd-time PM


BANGKOK, JUNE 11: Thailand’s junta leader has been officially proclaimed Prime Minister after the King endorsed Parliament’s vote to allow him to keep the position.
Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha knelt to a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn during a ceremony at his Government office on Tuesday to accept a royal endorsement for him to continue his role as Prime Minister.
Gen. Prayuth has served as Prime Minister since he led a military coup that toppled an elected Government in 2014. The junta will cease power once a new Cabinet is inaugurated.
Prayuth’s Government had enacted new election laws that gave him an advantage in a general election held in March.
Gen. Prayuth did not contest the election but won a joint Parliament vote last week to become Prime Minister. (AP)