Friday, September 29, 2006

Surayud Chosen Interim PM

General Surayud Chulanont, a former army chief who is currently a member of the king’s inner circle, will likely be appointed interim prime minister by Thailand’s ruling military junta. His appointment was expected to be announced after it received approval from King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The 62-year-old is a former army commander and close adviser to the country's powerful monarch.

Gen Surayud was selected by the country's ruling military council, which ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless coup on 19 September, while the premier was abroad.

The council promised to name a civilian prime minister within two weeks, after the coup.

A spokesman for the council said an interim constitution had already been completed and sent to the Royal Palace.

He hoped the constitution could be announced on Saturday or Sunday and followed by the formal announcement of the prime minister on the weekend or Monday. (AP)

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