King names Surayud as Privy Council president

King names Surayud as Privy Council president

His Majesty the King has appointed privy councillor Gen Surayud Chulanont as president of the Privy Council, replacing the late Gen Prem Tinsulanonda who died on May 26 last year.

The appointment was published in the Royal Gazette on Saturday.

Gen Surayud was a close aide of Gen Prem when the latter was prime minister. Gen Surayud became army chief during the Chuan Leekpai administration and retired as supreme commander.

Gen Surayud was appointed by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great, Rama IX, as a privy councillor on Nov 14, 2003.

Surayud: Worked closely with Gen Prem Tinsulanonda

Gen Surayud, 76, served as the 24th prime minister from Oct 1, 2006 to Jan 29, 2008 following the Sept 19, 2006 military coup led by former army chief Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin.

Gen Surayud acted on behalf of Gen Prem while he was suffering from ill health.

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