‘Ready to get tired’: Thai PM

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The Thai general who led May’s coup, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has been officially appointed prime minister following endorsement by the king.Gen Prayuth received the written royal command in a ceremony at Bangkok’s army headquarters on morning of August 25. He plans to name his cabinet and seek royal approval for the line-up by October, according to reports.Gen Prayuth was nominated last week by a legislature hand-picked by the junta. He was the only candidate.Dressed in formal military uniform, the general knelt before a giant portrait of King BhumibolAdulyadej at the ceremony to pay his respects.The 86-year-old king, who is revered by many in Thailand, did not attend and is said to be in poor health.Speaking after his appointment, Gen Prayuth asked the public to work with the authorities to restore democracy, reported The Nation.He says the army had to stage its coup to end deadlock between protesters and the civilian government, amid violence that had killed dozens of people.Protesters opposed to former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck, then the elected prime minister, had staged drawn-out demonstrations calling for Ms. Yingluck to step down.Gen Prayuth told reporters that he was ready to be prime minister, saying: “I am ready to get tired.”

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