"Many people back Gen Prayuth as the new prime minister but I feel that it would be disgraceful.
"Gen Prayuth always tells us that he doesn't want power but only wants to help the country and I'm happy that he's following His Majesty the King's advice," said the activist monk, who is a core member of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).
The abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom's Kamphaeng Saen district said many people would be happy for Gen Prayuth, leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to take the prime ministership so he would have the absolute power to push for national reform.
However, there would be no grace and dignity and the opposing side and foreign countries would look down him, he said.
"If Gen Prayuth wants to be in charge of the reform process he doesn't have to become the premier. He can just be a defence minister and head of the NCPO, and he wouldn't have to end up in a tricky position," Luang Pu said.
Prime Minister's Office permanent secretary Panadda Diskul is the most suitable candidate for the prime ministership because he is clean, clever, prudent, and knows the civil service system well, according to the monk.