The new secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC), Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanathabutr, has admitted he was appointed to the post partly because of his close relations with ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
"I did not just come completely out of the blue and become the NSC secretary-general," Lt Gen Paradorn recently told the Bangkok Post in an exclusive interview.
Lt Gen Paradorn has been promoted from NSC deputy secretary-general, replacing Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree, a former national police chief, who was transferred to the post of permanent secretary for transport. The appointments took effect on Oct 1.
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