Wed. Jan 29th, 2020

Thailand dissolves the military junta with the formation of the elected government

The head of the military junta of Thailand, Prayut Chan-ocha, said goodbye to the post and announced the cessation of the regime installed after the 2014 coup d'état, before the inauguration today of the new elected government.

Prayut will continue as prime minister of the country, this time with the support of a coalition of nineteen parties that obtained representation in last March's elections.

The new executive will take office on Tuesday afternoon before King Vajiralongkorn, which will formally end the mandate of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the official name of the military junta.

"Thailand is now fully governed as a democratic country with a constitutional king, an elected parliament and a government backed by parliament," Prayut said last night in a message broadcast on state television.

The coup general asked patience to the population to indicate that his new government will not have the special powers available to the Executive formed by the military for the last five years.

"All parties must learn to coexist peacefully, be patient, show restraint, avoid conflict, be sensitive and disciplined and respect the voice of the majority," he added.

The new government consists of 20 ministers, five deputy prime ministers and 13 deputy ministers, including members of the military junta and the parliamentary coalition that-together with a senate handpicked by the generals-voted Prayut as prime minister the past June 11.

The executive was formed after a long negotiation between the Palang Pracharat, the promilitar party that proposed Prayut as head of government and the second with more deputies, and the rest of coalition parties.

Prayut will appear before the parliament at the end of the month to announce the policies that his government intends to promote.

The taking of possession of the government was preceded by the revocation of seventy orders and announcements with which the military junta has governed since the coup and served, among others, to pursue any activity of political opposition or impose censorship on the media .

The organization Thai Lawyers for Human Rights denounced that despite the dissolution of the junta, a large part of its orders will remain in force, including those that authorize military authorities to detain civilians without judicial supervision.

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