National Assembly of Thailand (The Parliament of Thailand) elected 2014 coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as Prime Minister of the country. Military-backed party that nominated Prayuth won 2nd-highest number of seats in House of Representatives (lower house of Thailand’s Parliament) in a general election held in March 2019. Prayuth won against his opponent, Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit by a vote of 500 to 244.
This will be the second term of Prayuth. He is the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath party. His candidature was also supported by 11 small political parties in Thailand to form next government in Thailand.
Palang Pracharath party is seen as a proxy for Thai military, which seized power in a 2014 coup. Prayuth Chan-Ocha who was coup leader also served as prime minister in military government before becoming a candidate to run for office of head of an elected government.
Prayuth did not run for office in Thailand’s election that concluded in March 2019.
Although the formation of new government headed by Prayuth Chan-Ocha will finally return Thailand officially to civilian rule but it will be done under a new political system enacted led by junta Prayuth and its appointees. His appointment will become official when it is approved by recently crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand.