A military-aligned candidate won majority support to become Thailand’s house speaker on Saturday in the first working session of the country’s new House of Representatives, signaling further army dominance in the next government.
Former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, 80, was named speaker after the session voted 258-235 in favor of his nomination. Chuan came up against another candidate who was backed by more liberal parties.
Backroom politicking appeared to be behind a motion by the pro-military Palang Pracharath Party to postpone the vote to select a house speaker. The motion failed narrowly and the votes faced complications because the session was held in a temporary site without automated facilities.
The military-backed Palang Pracharath party is tipped to lead a government expected to be formed in the next few weeks and headed by the junta leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha, who staged a coup five years ago and has served as prime minister since then.
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