A New Prime Minister was appointed in Thailand on Friday (October 14th), following violent clashes between troops and students which left many dead and several hundred injured.
A New Prime Minister was appointed in Thailand on Friday (October 14th), following violent clashes between troops and students which left many dead and several hundred injured. The Dean of Bangkok's Thammasat University, Mr. Sanya Thammasak has been appointed Prime Minister. He will succeed Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, who resigned along with his government, earlier on Sunday.
Thammast University has been the centre of the week-long student unrest which erupted into violence on Sunday, when troops backed by tanks opened fire on thousands of students attempting to take over a government office in Bangkok.
On Friday (12th October), 50,000 students staged a demonstration at the University. Their leaders issued an ultimatum to the government demanding the release of 13 students and lecturers who were arrested a week earlier. The government accused the 13 of distributing leaflets calling for a permanent Constitution.
Thailand functions under an interim constitution drawn up by its military rulers in December. Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, at that time Prime Minister, promised that the interim constitutional arrangements should not last more than three years. Thanom became Prime Minister in 1969. Two years ago, he led the military junta which abolished the permanent Constitution, dissolved Parliament and gave a National Executive Council power to rule by decree.