Prayuth destined to be PM: seer

A fortune teller respected by Prayuth Chan-ocha predicted on Thursday his follower would be the next prime minister.

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''I have been saying all along that the one with the letter 'P' in the first name will be the one who restores the nation. That man will sacrifice himself to solve the problems,'' Varin Buaviratlert said.

That person, he added, is Gen Prayuth because in a past life he was King Naresuan's most trusted soldier and was reborn for this mission.

The army chief has not ruled out becoming prime minister since the military coup on May 22 and set up the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to rule the country. He will retire from the military at the end of September.

Mr Varin said Gen Prayuth should lead the country instead of picking another person as interim government leader. ''If it is someone else, the country will collapse,'' the fortune teller said.

He ruled out any another person with the letter ''P'' as a candidate. He was referring to former defence minister Prawit Wongsuwan, whose name has been tipped to the post for months.

The fortune teller is a regular seer for former army chief Sonthi Boonyaratkalin. Gen Sonthi trusted him when he correctly predicted that the officer would be the army chief. Gen Sonthi continued to seek his services after he unseated then-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006 and set up the Council for National Security (CNS). He was dubbed the ''CNS astrologer'' at the time.

Thaksin used to be one of his clients but it is unclear whether he still uses his service.

As Gen Prayuth keeps other people guessing on the post, NCPO adviser Noppadon Inthapanya on Thursday was tight-lipped about whether the coup leader will run the country.

But he confirmed that Gen Prawit, who chairs the advisory team, and another advisor, Gen Anupong Paojinda, had no desire to be prime minister.

''Gen Prawit was annoyed at being linked to the post,'' said Gen Noppadon, who is his close friend.

''The two have never wanted to be the prime minister,'' he added, referring to Gen Prawit and Gen Anupong.

Gen Anupong was the army chief before handing over the post to Gen Prayuth.

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