Prayuth claims ‘hardest working government in Thai history’

Pro-democracy activists wearing masks mock Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as Pinocchio during a protest against junta at a university in Bangkok, Thailand, February 24, 2018. Source: Reuters/Panarat Thepgumpanat

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday claimed that his had been the most hard-working post-coup government in Thai history, and one that had achieved a lot for the country.

While speaking with a group of veteran actors and singers who had called on him at Government House, General Prayut also denied he was trying to retain power, although he did not reject speculation over his perceived political ambition to return as government head after the next general election.

“I don’t want to retain power. I have never benefited from being prime minister. I am not a business owner, so I have no need to seek benefits. I am satisfied with what I already have,” he said.

Prayut, who also heads the ruling junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), boasted about the performance of his government, which was formed a few months after the 2014 coup that he led while serving as Army chief.

“Of all the post-coup administrations in the past, did they work like mine? My government keeps developing. Foreign countries praise us. No other developing countries have been able to achieve what we have done. This is what I want, for you to share this pride with me,” the PM told his visitors.

He also said that as the NCPO head, he was being investigated in 400 cases.

“I am not scared by the investigations. I am sincere about my work,” he insisted, without elaborating about any of the cases. – The Nation

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