Will the new senate speaker adhere to democratic process or will he satisfy the whims of the military?

Pornpetch Wichitcholchai has been selected as Senate speaker in an uncontested vote for the top job in the upper house.

The former president of the junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly (NLA), Mr Pornpetch was nominated by Senator Suwaphan Tanyuvardhan during the first session for the 250 junta-appointed members held in the auditorium of TOT Plc headquarters.

Gen Singsuek Singphrai, another former NLA member, and Supphachai Somcharoen, a former Election Commission member, were voted in as deputies. Their appointments and that of Mr Pornpetch will become official once they are endorsed by His Majesty the King.

Mr Pornpetch said after the selection that the NLA under his leadership had passed more than 500 laws and all were legitimate. He also stressed the need for the Senate to collaborate with the elected House of Representatives.

Continue reading Bangkok Post: Ex-NLA president Pornpetch named Senate speaker

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