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Pornpetch tipped to be NLA president

It appears certain junta legal adviser Pornpetch Wichitcholchai will become president of the National Legislative Assembly after he emerged as the lone candidate.

The NLA will vote on the post today. A group of NLA members yesterday discussed the pending vote and were confident fellow members would vote for Pornpetch. They said they would not propose other candidates.

The position of NLA first vice president also appears a lock, with former Senate Speaker Surachai Liengboonlertchai expected to get the nod.

Speculation remains, however, over who will get the NLA's second vice presidency.

As Surachai is expected to be first vice president, the National Council for Peace and Order wants the second vice presidency to go to a military figure.

General Noppadol Intapanya, a former classmate of NCPO chief adviser General Prawit Wongsuwan, is the favourite for the position. Former Uttaradit senator Peerasak Porchit is expected to be his rival, supported by NLA members who are former senators and some government officials.

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