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Thai junta-led assembly convenes for first time

Published on Aug 8, 2014 8:49 PM
 
Members of the National Legislative Assembly attend the first meeting at Parliament in Bangkok on Aug 8, 2014. Thailand's new military-stacked National Legislative Assembly convened for the first time on Friday, Aug 8, 2014, electing a president in a key step towards crafting a new constitution likely to embed the army's political influence. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's new military-stacked National Legislative Assembly convened for the first time on Friday, electing a president in a key step towards crafting a new constitution likely to embed the army's political influence.

Of the 197-strong assembly, just over half are serving or former military top brass, with the remainder also appointed by the junta which seized power from Thailand's elected government on May 22.

Members on Friday elected a president of the assembly, which will act as Thailand's lower and upper house pending the ratification of the new constitution.

Junta legal adviser Pornpetch Wichitcholchai "was unaminously endorsed as president," Somporn Thepsitha, acting chairman told the assembly.

 
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