Meet our new lawmakers

Of the 200 members of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), 105 are active and retired military officers while 10 are police officers. Only 12 are women.

The list was announced late on Thursday after being endorsed by His Majesty the King.

The same royal order also requires a royal decree be passed for the NLA to first convene on Aug 7, 2014 and another for the selection of the National Reform Council.

The remaining 85 NLA members are former senators, university rectors and businessmen.

By gender, 5% or 12 of the members are women, compared to 15% in the previous House of Representatives and the Senate. 

Of the 105 military officers, 67 are from the army, 19 each from the navy and the air force. Fifteen are from class 12 of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, the same class as Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha's, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), according to Manager Online. 

Fourteen are from Class 13 and 12 are from class 15 including Lt Gen Preecha Chan-ocha, Third Army Region commander and Gen Prayuth's brother.

Of the ex-senators group, all except three were appointed senators in the previous Senate.

Several belong to the so-called "40 senators" group known for their support of anti-government protesters' agenda during the unrest leading to the May 22 coup.

The ex-senators group includes Surachai Liangboonlertchai, former Senate speaker.

Among the 40 senators group on the list are: Tuang Untachai, Somchai Sawangkarn, Gen Somjate Boonthanom and Jate Sirataranon.

The former elected senators who made it to the list: Maj Gen Kolchai Suwannaboon of Songkhla province, who is a classmate of Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Peerasak Porchit (Uttaradit) and ACM Ongart Pongsak (Kanchanaburi).

The rectors group consists of presidents of nine universities: Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Chulalongkorn, Mahidol, Kasetsart, Ramkhamhaeng, Thammasat, National Institute if Development Administration (Nida) and Srinakharinwirot. Taweesak Suthakavatin, head of Nida's Faculty of Senate, and Noranit Setabutr, who leads Thammasat University's Council, were also appointed.

Among the business executives are: Kobkarn Suriyasat Wattanavrangkul, chairperson of Toshiba Thailand Co Ltd; Narongchai Akrasanee, chairman of MFC Asset Management Plc, Boonchai Chokwatana, chairman of Saha Pathanapibul Plc; Pol Lt Gen Pongchai Warachit, chairman of Liberty Insurance; Sakthip Krairiksh, chairman of Natural Park; and Suwannee Sirivejchapun, executive director of Colgate-Palmolive (Thailand) Ltd.

Other interesting appointees include key government officials and leaders of groups.

They are Gen Nipat Thonglek, former defence permanent secretary under the Yingluck Shinawatra government; Klanarong Chantik, a former national anti-corruption commissioner; Khunying Songsuda Yodmani, chairwoman of the US Alumni Association and daughter of Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn; Wallop Tungkananurak, secretary general of the Fund for the Better Life of Children; Ampon Kittiampon, secretary general of the cabinet; Kittisak Rattanvaraha, deputy chairman of the Thai Farmers' Network who led protesters to pressure the Yingluck government to repay farmers under the rice-pledging programme.

Gen Ood Buangbon, former defence permanent secretary and close aide to Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, was also appointed.

All are required to report in person at parliament between Aug 1-5.

It was anticipated Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, adviser to the NCPO chairman, will be elected president of the NLA while Visanu Krue-ngam, an NCPO adviser and interim charter drafter who is not on the list, will likely be deputy prime minister for legal affairs, according to Matichon.

As for the cabinet, it was widely speculated that Pornchai Rujiprapa of PTT Plc's board will be the information and communication technology minister. Former deputy army commander Gen Daopong Rattanasuwan will work closely with the prime minister to supervise the Budget Bureau and the Board of Investment while Gen Prawit Wongsuwon will be deputy prime minister and defence minister. Former army chief Gen Anupong Paochinda may be interior affairs minister. 

Source: Matichon Online 

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