Thai king opens 1st session of elected assembly since coup
In this image made from the video, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn visits the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to proclaim himself the Royal Patron of Buddhism, Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 5:39AM EDT
BANGKOK -- Thailand's king has addressed the first session of an elected parliament since the military staged a coup in 2014, advising lawmakers to take their responsibilities seriously because their actions will affect national security and the people's well-being.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn spoke Friday to declare the parliamentary session officially open after a general election in March. Its first major business will be to select a prime minister to lead a new government.
The government formation has been complicated by the failure of any single party to win an absolute majority in the House of Representatives. The military-backed candidate, Prayuth Chan-ocha, is virtually certain to become prime minister. He staged the coup and has been prime minister and junta chief since then.