US hopes selection of Thai interim premier would lead to elected civilian govt

national August 22, 2014 12:18

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The US has expressed hope that the selection of an interim prime minister in Thailand is a step that would lead to the establishment of inclusive democratic institution as well as free and fair election and civilian government.

"We have urged the interim government, once formed, to institute an inclusive reform process that reflects the diversity of views within Thailand, and do remain concerned about the limits on space for freedom of speech and assembly,” said Marie Harf, deputy State department spokesperson said.

Asked about the suspension of the US military assistance to Thailand following the May coup, she insisted that by law, the US could not resume the our legally restricted assistance to Thailand until a democratically elected government takes office.

Yesterday the National Legislative Assembly voted unanimously for junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha to be the 29th prime minister of Thailand. He was the sole candidate for the job. Prayuth was widely tipped to become the next prime minister after staging the coup in May.