Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's junta-appointed legislature has nominated the country's military ruler to be the next prime minister.

The assembly voted unanimously Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the post during a session in Bangkok.

Prayuth was the only candidate put forward.

The 60-year-old Prayuth is due to retire from the army next month and the change appears aimed in part at keeping him at the helm as the military implements sweeping political reforms.

Prayuth has effectively served as de facto premier since staging a May 22 putsch which toppled an elected government.

The nomination must be endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a formality likely to occur within a week.

Prayuth is then expected to name a Cabinet.

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