In Thailand, King Maha Vajiralongkorn today addressed the first session of the country’s newly elected parliament since the military seized power after a coup in 2014. Parliament will choose a new Prime Minister, who will form a cabinet likely next month.
The exact makeup of the parliament is not yet known as there was no clear winner in the general elections held in March. However, a military-linked party aiming to keep current junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha in power is expected to have the edge in cementing power under rules written by the military government.
“May the members of parliament be aware of the importance and responsibility of their duties,” King Vajiralongkorn, accompanied by his new Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana, said. “Because every action of each member will directly impact the security of the nation and the happiness of the people.”
The Thai parliament combines a 500-member House of Representatives elected in the March 24 polls and 250 senators, who were entirely appointed by the junta.
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