No King to Crown a US Coup

Thailand's new leader starts work
General Surayud Chulanont bowing to an image of the King

Retired General Surayud Chulanont has begun work as Thailand's new military-appointed prime minister, after being sworn in on Sunday.

Gen Surayud was blessed by the nation's top Buddhist monk, before moving into his office in Government House.

His first major task will be to appoint a Cabinet, which he is expected to have done by the end of this week.

The tanks which have been on the streets of Bangkok since the 19 September coup have now been withdrawn.

Pridiyathorn Devakula, the head of Thailand's central bank, told reporters he had agreed to join the Cabinet, but that his exact job had not been confirmed.

As well as announcing the new prime minister on Sunday, the military generals that led the coup also unveiled an interim constitution.

This details the process of drafting a new long-term constitution, and promises democratic elections in October 2007.


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