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Prayut faces tough transition to civilian prime minister in post-election Thailand

Junta chief will need to placate 18 other political parties to keep his slim majority in Parliament

"Uncle Tu" is back.

A series of meticulously crafted laws over the past five years set the stage for Thailand's former coup leader Prayut Chan-o-cha - whose nickname is Lung Tu, or Uncle Tu - to win endorsement on Wednesday as a post-election prime minister.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2019, with the headline 'Prayut faces tough transition to civilian prime minister'. Print Edition | Subscribe