PM hobnobs, croons at New Year's bash
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the media recently he planned to count down to the New Year in bed, but in the end he succumbed to an old tradition — he joined other regulars at a countdown party at Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon's home in Bangkok.
Gen Prawit has held New Year's parties at his home in Min Buri-Suwinthawong road for years.
Among the other guests this year were Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, the armed forces leaders, the national police chief and a number of senior army officials.
The parties are usually held on the theme of cowboy night. But this year, guests were told simply to wear a yellow shirt.
Before joining the New Year's countdown with the other guests, Gen Prayut gave a speech on stage.
He reiterated the main reason he decided to lead the May 22 coup — the country had come to a dead end, and he had to do something to end the political impasse.
"No matter what, I shall take full responsibility for the coup," Gen Prayut said.
He also took the opportunity to thank his fellows in the armed forces for their love and unity, which he said were key factors leading to the success of the coup.
"We have to get all our work done in one year. I have to rush everything because I don't want to stay longer than I should. Everything should go according to the roadmap," said Gen Prayut.
Of the numbers they performed was "Khuen Kwam Suk Hai Prathet Thai", the song composed for the NCPO's mission to return happiness to all Thais.