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NLA waves through budget

Military members stay mum during debate

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The National Legislative Assembly passed the 2015 budget bill Monday — its first big task since being formed — without a single dissenting vote. 

NCPO chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha had never spoken to parliament before Monday, when he took the seat normally assigned to the prime minister, addressed the NLA like he had been doing it for years and watched while his budget bill passed by unanimous vote. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

If National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief Prayuth Chan-ocha wanted a rubber stamp parliament, the NLA delivered handsomely Monday, passing the bill after a four hour debate in which not a single military member of the NLA stood to question the contents or make any contribution.

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