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Thai junta appoints advisers to look after security, economy, law

The Thai junta late Tuesday appointed a six-member advisory board to look after the nation’s security, economy and law. The advisers included two retired generals with connections to the palace.

BANGKOK: The Thai junta late Tuesday appointed a six-member advisory board to look after the nation’s security, economy and law. The advisers included two retired generals with connections to the palace.

Former defence minister Prawit Wongsuwan and former army chief Anupong Paochinda were among those named in the team of advisers. Bangkok Post said Prawit will chair the board, while Anupong will be in charge of security issues.

According to Reuters, both are prominent figures in the Thai military and have close relations with junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha. They also reportedly helped in the ouster of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006.

Pridiyathorn Devakula, who was finance minister in the interim government during the 2006 coup, was also among those appointed.

According to Bangkok Post, Narongchai Akrasanee, a former commerce minister, will assist Pridiyathorn.

Visanu Krue-ngam, a former deputy prime minister, will be responsible for administering laws and justice.

Former deputy army chief Daopong Rattanasuwan is the board's secretary-general.

The military, which seized power from the civilian government in a coup, has begun tackling economic issues, including making payments owed to rice farmers from the deposed government’s controversial rice pledging scheme.

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