More privy councilors

2 10 2018

The king can have up to 18 privy councilors. Until today we think he had 13, mostly former military men and former judges. He now has three more, each with junta connections.

The Bangkok Post reports that a “former cabinet secretary and the former commanders of the army and the air force who retired on Sunday have been appointed privy councillors, effective immediately.”

The Royal Gazette announced that “Ampon Kittiampon, a former cabinet secretary, Gen Chalermchai Sitthisad, former commander of the Royal Thai Army, and ACM Johm Rungswang, former commander of the Royal Thai Air Force, have been appointed privy councillors.”

Ampon “was adviser to Gen Prayut before the appointment.” Gen Chalermchai “was secretary-general of the National Council for Peace and Order and the 40th army commander.” ACM Johm is a “classmate of Gen Chalermchai, was the 24th air force commander and board member of Thai Airways International.”

The links between the Privy Council and the junta are further strengthened.


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