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Thai premier tells foreign investors: 'We are not dictators'

Published on Aug 27, 2014 7:52 PM
Thailand's newly appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (right) attends a meeting with representatives from the Thai-European Business Association (TEBA) at the Royal Thai Army headquarters in Bangkok on Aug 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha told European investors on Wednesday that he was not a dictator and that his government was seeking to create a Thailand that would be more attractive for their long-term investments.

Gen Prayuth was appointed prime minister on Monday after he was elected by a rubber-stamp parliament he hand-picked.

The army chief seized power in a bloodless coup on May 22 following six months of sometimes deadly protests that helped oust elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The military said intervention was necessary to avoid further bloodshed.

Gen Prayuth met representatives from the Thai-European Business Association (TEBA), a group representing 80 Thai and European investors including automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical and logistics firms, telling them he was prepared to do "everything"to ensure Thailand remains a hub for foreign investors.

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