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Thai army ruler will be next PM

Thailand’s military ruler has been nominated to be the country’s next prime minister.

The junta-appointed assembly voted unanimously to name General Prayuth Chan-ocha to the post during a session in Bangkok.

He was the only candidate put forward.

The 60-year-old is due to retire from the army next month and the change appears aimed in part at keeping him at the helm as the military implements sweeping political reforms.

Gen Prayuth has effectively served as de facto premier since staging a May 22 putsch which toppled an elected government.

The nomination must be endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a formality likely to occur within a week.

Gen Prayuth is then expected to name a Cabinet.

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