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Thai PM gives 1st policy statement before elected lawmakers

Posted at 4:39 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 07:39:33-04

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has given his first policy statement in the face of genuine parliamentary scrutiny after five years as an unchallenged junta leader.

He read out a 34-page statement to lawmakers Thursday morning about how his government would handle issues such as the economy, education, labor, and the fight against drugs and corruption.

The 500 members of the House of Representatives elected in March replaced an appointed assembly that had rubber-stamped Prayuth’s decisions without challenge since 2014.

He retained the premiership through a vote of the House and the still-appointed Senate that was heavily weighted in his favor through rules enacted under the junta that weakened traditional political parties.