The National Council for Peace and Order Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been elected and appointed as the 29th Prime Minister of Thailand. He received a unanimous 191 votes by the National Legislative assembly. The NLA president and two vice presidents abstained. The result was officially announced on 21st August. He was elected in a roll-call vote. NLA Tuang Nanthachai nominated Prayuth and the nomination was endorsed by 188 NLA members. No NLA member nominated other candidates to contest for the post.
The election process official started when NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai informed NLA members of regulations agreed by NLA whips for selecting the PM. Prayuth was not in the meeting that elected him as he had joined the anniversary celebration of the 21st Infantry Regiment in Lop Buri province. A Royal Command was officially announced and countersigned by National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai. Gen Prayuth then received the royal command in a ceremony on Monday 25th August. He paid homage to the statute of King Rama V in front of the Kittikachorn Auditorium before receiving the royal command.