His Majesty the King has issued a royal command to appoint 200 members of the National Legislative Assembly. More than half of them are former and active military officers as expected.
The list of the NLA members has been published on the Royal Gazette and it was also announced on TV Pool Thursday night.
The NLA members include several persons who are seen as being members of the anti-Thaksin movement. They include Klanarong Chanthink, former member of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, former senator Surachai Liangboonlertchai and former senator Somchai Sawaengkarn.
Several of them are active and retired military officers, including Adm Kamthorn Pumhiran, Lt Gen Chart-udom Tithasiri, Lt Gen Preecha Chanthara-ocha, and Gen Boonsang Niampradit. Several leading academics were also appointed, including Noraniti Setthabutr, former rector of Thammasat University, and Somkid Lertphaithoon, former rector of Thammasat who is known to be against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Some figures are seen as being on the Thaksin’s side, including former permanent secretary for Defence Gen Nipat Thonglek.
Former envoy Kitti Wasinon, Boonthak Wangcharoen, chairman of the Thai Bankers Association, and Naronchai Akrasanee, former Commerce Minister, were also appointed.
Som Chatusriphithak, an elder brother of former finance minister Somkid Chatusriphithak, was also appointed.
Leading businessmen in the NLA include Boonchai Chokwatana, chairman of Saha Pathanapibul, Suphan Mongkolsuthee, chairman of Federation of Thai Industries, and Issara Vongkusolkit, chairman of Mitr Phol Sugar and chairman of Thai Chamber of Commerce.