His attendance was not required. He was at the 21st Infantry Regiment at Navamintrachinee military camp in Chon Buri province at the time.
Gen Prayuth only smiled when asked whether he knew he has been voted in as prime minister. He said briefly that he had not been approached before he was nominated.
Asked whether he was ready for the post, Gen Prayuth said: "I only want to the country to move forward."