June 5, 2019 / 4:18 PM / 3 months ago

Thai junta leader voted in as prime minister after election

FILE PHOTO: Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting, after the general election, at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s new parliament voted in ruling military junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister on Wednesday, five years after he overthrew an elected government.

The former army chief secured the 375 votes needed to secure the post in a vote by both houses of parliament, one of which was entirely appointed by the junta.

The vote comes 10 weeks after a March 24 general election that opposition parties say was designed to extend and legitimise military dominance over government.

Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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