NLA votes on prime minister Aug 21

The National Legislative Assembly will vote in a new prime minister Thursday, NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said Tuesday.

Mr Pornpetch said he placed two items on Thursday's agenda: First voting on the rules for the election of the PM and the election itself. The NLA has yet to work out its meeting regulations, with which it can then convene and elect a new premier.

It's widely expected that army chief and head of the National Council for Peace and Order Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha will be named PM.

Mr Pornpetch, however, declined to comment on scattered public criticism over the military regime's leader concurrently serving as prime minister. He said such things didn't concern him as it was simply his duty to set the NLA's agenda.

The prime minister with be Thailand's 29th and will succeed Yingluck Shinawatra, whose administration was toppled on May 22 by Gen Prayuth's NCPO. 

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