Thai junta to share power with new government
Published on Jul 11, 2014 10:18 PM
BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's junta said Friday that it would keep control of national security under a planned interim government, despite international calls for a return to full civilian rule.
The junta, formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), will remain in place alongside a government that is set to be appointed by September, army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha said.
"The government will focus on administration while the NCPO will concentrate on its responsibility for security," Prayut, who led a May 22 coup that overthrew an elected government, said in a weekly televised address.
The new cabinet is expected to be picked by a junta-appointed national assembly which army sources say is expected to be stacked with military officers.
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