Thailand names army chief as new PM

Thailand names army chief as new PM #674 “); jQuery(“#mwbanner_td”).prepend(“”); jQuery(“#companion760overlay”).hide(); */ }); //Functions function replaceChars(string){ string = string.replace(/’/g, “”); //string = string.replace(/ /g, “-“) string =string.toLowerCase(); return string; } //var ord=Math.random()*10000000000000000; var flashAID=””;//the article id var pauseFrom=”adverts”;//variable to handle players current state of interaction var adbreak=””;//toggleable var for adserving var ispad=””; var streamer=””;//main streamer var streamerHLS=””;//hls streamer var streamerRTSP=””; //rtsp var iospath=””; var device=”desktop”;//default this and chage if needed later var articleID=”357851″; var deviceAgent = navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase(); var agentID = deviceAgent.match(/(iphone|ipod|ipad)/); var isAndroid = deviceAgent.indexOf(“android”) > -1; //&& ua.indexOf(“mobile”); var hitEvent = (agentID) ? “touchend” : “click”;//change the click type for touchscreen var nav = navigator.userAgent.indexOf(‘Safari’); var canplay=”false”;//set as true then deactivate later if((agentID)||(isAndroid)){ device=”mobile”; } var flyoverInterval = new Object();//make globalVars object to reference vars later var midrollCounter=”0″; var midrollBreak=””; var currentPlayerPositi /************************************************************/ var path = [removed].hostname; sect1=sect; sect2=genre; //sect2=”technology”; sect3=show; sect4=””; sect5=””; sect6=””; var site=sect1.toLowerCase();//grab the current video player site var domain = “3news.co.nz”;//for adserving and stats var videoFolder = “3news”;// application instance var geo= “”; var titleForNNR =replaceChars(“Thailand names army chief as new PM”); var tagsForRelated=replaceChars(“Thailand,”); var catsForNNR=replaceChars(“Latest News,News,World,_Apps,Asia,Latest world news,”); var cats=replaceChars(“cats=Latest News;cats=News;cats=World;cats=_Apps;cats=Asia;cats=Latest world news;”); var tags=replaceChars(“tags=Thailand;”); var wheretrep = wheret.replace(“\/”,””); //used to get current page path for netratings var youtube=””; //midrolls var midRollString = “”; if(midRollString==””){ midRollString=”99:99:99″; } var postRollString=”00:”; var video =””; //location of file var videoCheck =””; //location of file var videoOrig =””; //location of file for prog (clean) var imagePlaceholder=””; var videoDate = new Date(“2014/08/21”);// date check for 700K crossover var videoDateh264 = new Date(“2014/08/21″);// date check for h264 crossover var youtube =””; var videoOrAudio=””; var os=””; var mp3=””; var type=””;//mp4 or flv var flashPath=””;//main file usually 700k var flashPath330=””;//330k version var netRatingsC var oupage=””; if(sect1==”video”){ oupage=genre; var js } else{ oupage=sect; var js } oupage = oupage.replace(/\W/g, ”); var ou = “http://www.3news.co.nz/video/”+oupage; ou = ou.replace(/ /g, “”); ou = ou.toLowerCase(); //changeable player variables to suit each website var relatedMRSS=”http://www.3news.co.nz/DesktopModules/Article Presentation/External.aspx?tabid=363&moduleid=18554&video var js var displayRelatedTV3Shows=”true”; var playerTarget=”flashPlayerDisp”; var compani var compani var compani var playerWidth=”620″; var playerHeight=”378″; var playerWidthHTML5=”620″; var playerHeightHTML5=”368″;// alittle smaller because HTML5 overlays controls function topNewsScroller(){}; function syncRoadBlock(id, content, type, clickthrough, width, height) { var compani this false so we can toggle further down thirdparty =”false”; var c out the ad response so it can be used further down var strPos = content.search(/dc_seed/i);//looking for companion DC_SEED – not in use strPos = strPos+8;//its 8 characters long – look out for future 9 characters var str2 = content.substring(strPos, strPos+9);//crab the id back var targetid=””; //if the companion string contains 760×120 then override the target id just incase if( (content.indexOf(“760×120″) !== -1)|| (content.indexOf(‘width=”760″‘)!== -1)|| (content.indexOf(‘width:760px;height:120px’)!== -1)) { if(adbreak==”midrolls”){ showCompaionOverlayAds(); targetid=companion760overlay; } else{ targetid=companion760; } compani } if( (content.indexOf(“470×60”) !== -1)|| (content.indexOf(‘width=”470″‘)!== -1)|| (content.indexOf(‘width:470px;height:60px’)!== -1)) { compani targetid=companion470; } if(content.indexOf(“thirdparty”) !== -1){ c thirdparty =”true”; //document.getElementById(‘ad_banner’)[removed] = ”; } c out new lines incase they are affecting re-write //if the companion strings is one of our s if(compani //only if there is a main companion banner if (type == “StaticResource”) { document.getElementById(targetid)[removed] = “”; } else if (type == “HTMLResource”) { if(thirdparty==”true”){ jQuery(“#”+targetid).writeCapture().html(”); var vidurl = “http://www.mediaworks.co.nz/Licensing.aspx?where=”+location.href; [removed](“”); } –> Thailand names army chief as new PM

Thailand’s junta-picked national assembly has chosen coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenches the military’s hold on power.

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Prayut, who ousted an elected government in a bloodless coup on May 22, was backed by 191 members of the 197-strong assembly on Thursday, with three abstentions and three voters absent.

No assembly member opposed the selection of the army chief, who was the sole candidate for the post.

His appointment must be approved by King Bhumibol Adulyadej although royal endorsement is seen as a formality.

The move by the top general to shed his uniform and take the premiership is seen as cementing the military’s control of the politically turbulent nation.

The junta has ruled out holding new elections before around October 2015, despite appeals from the United States and the European Union for a return to democracy.

Prayut, who is due to retire as army chief in September, is seen as a staunch opponent of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, whose overthrow in an earlier coup in 2006 triggered Thailand’s long-running political crisis.

Thaksin fled Thailand in 2008 to avoid prison for a corruption conviction.

The army rulers say they want to reform Thailand to end years of political turbulence and street violence, but critics see the takeover as an attempt to wipe out Thaksin’s influence.

The junta has vowed to remain in place in parallel with the future government, which will be nominated by Prayut as prime minister.

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