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Prayut Chan-o-cha
PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA (previously spelt PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA; Thai : ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา, RTGS : Prayut Chan-ocha, pronounced ; born 21 March 1954) is a retired Royal Thai Army officer who is the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), a military junta , and concurrently serves as the Prime Minister of Thailand
Thailand
. The council, which he appointed himself along with other junta members, has the power to name the prime minister and control prime ministerial positions. Prayut is a former Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army
Royal Thai Army
, the post he held from October 2010 to October 2014
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General Officer
A GENERAL OFFICER is an officer of high rank in the army , and in some nations' air forces or marines . The term "general" is used in two ways: as the generic title for all grades of general officer and as a specific rank. It originates in the 16th century , as a shortening of captain general , which rank was taken from Middle French capitaine général. The adjective general had been affixed to officer designations since the late medieval period to indicate relative superiority or an extended jurisdiction. Today, the title of "General" is known in some countries as a four-star rank . However different countries use different systems of stars for senior ranks. It has a NATO code of OF-9 and is the highest rank currently in use in a number of armies
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Thai Language
THAI , CENTRAL THAI , or SIAMESE , is the national and official language of Thailand
Thailand
and the first language of the Thai people
Thai people
and the vast majority of Thai Chinese . It is a member of the Tai group of the Tai–Kadai language family . Over half of its words are borrowed from Pali
Pali
, Sanskrit
Sanskrit
, Mon , and Old Khmer . It is a tonal and analytic language . Thai also has a complex orthography and system of relational markers . Spoken Thai is mutually intelligible with Laotian , the language of Laos
Laos
; the two languages are written with slightly different scripts but are linguistically similar
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General
A GENERAL OFFICER is an officer of high rank in the army , and in some nations' air forces or marines . The term "general" is used in two ways: as the generic title for all grades of general officer and as a specific rank. It originates in the 16th century , as a shortening of captain general , which rank was taken from Middle French capitaine général. The adjective general had been affixed to officer designations since the late medieval period to indicate relative superiority or an extended jurisdiction. Today, the title of "General" is known in some countries as a four-star rank . However different countries use different systems of stars for senior ranks. It has a NATO code of OF-9 and is the highest rank currently in use in a number of armies
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National Defence College Of Thailand
The NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE OF THAILAND or NDC (Thai : วิทยาลัยป้องกันราชอาณาจักร, witayalay bongan rachanajak) is an education organization that provides advanced training for both senior military officers and civilians. It is operated by the Royal Thai Armed Forces of the Thai Ministry of Defence. The NDC was founded in on 2 February 1955 by Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram . CONTENTS * 1 Noted alumni * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 Further reading NOTED ALUMNINDC alumni have dominated the military and political fields of Thailand
Thailand
since the establishment of the College
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Independent Politician
An INDEPENDENT or NONPARTISAN POLITICIAN is an individual politician not affiliated with any political party . There are numerous reasons why someone may stand for office as an independent. * Independents may support policies which are different from those of the major political parties. * In some parts of the world electors may have a tradition of electing independents, so standing for a political party is a disadvantage. * In some countries (including Russia
Russia
) a political party can only be registered if it has a large number of members in more than one region, but in certain regions only a minority of electors support the major parties. * In some countries (including Kuwait
Kuwait
), political parties are unlawful and all candidates thus stand as independents
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Alma Mater
ALMA MATER ( Latin
Latin
: alma "nourishing/kind", mater "mother"; pl. almae matres) is an allegorical Latin
Latin
phrase for a university or college . In modern usage, it is a school or university which an individual has attended, or a song or hymn associated with a school . The phrase is variously translated as "nourishing mother", "nursing mother", or "fostering mother", suggesting that a school provides intellectual nourishment to its students. Fine arts will often depict educational institutions using a robed woman as a visual metaphor. Before its modern usage, Alma mater
Alma mater
was an honorific title for various Latin
Latin
mother goddesses , especially Ceres or Cybele , and later in Catholicism for the Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary

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Royal Thai General System Of Transcription
The ROYAL THAI GENERAL SYSTEM OF TRANSCRIPTION (RTGS) is the official system for rendering Thai words in the Latin alphabet . It was published by the Royal Institute of Thailand . It is used in road signs and government publications and is the closest thing to a standard of transcription for Thai, but its use, by even the government, is inconsistent. The system is almost identical to the one that is defined by ISO 11940-2
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Military Junta
A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP (also known as a MILITARY JUNTA ) is a form of government different from civilian dictatorship for a number of reasons: their motivations for seizing power, the institutions through which they organize their rule, and the ways in which they leave power. Often viewing itself as saving the nation from the corrupt or myopic civilian politicians, a military dictatorship justifies its position as “neutral” arbiters on the basis of their membership within the armed forces. For example, many juntas adopt titles, such as “National Redemption Council", “Committee of National Restoration", or “National Liberation Committee". Military
Military
leaders often rule as a junta, selecting one of them as the head
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National Assembly Of Thailand
The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THAILAND (Thai : รัฐสภา; rtgs : Ratthasapha; abrv: NAT) is the bicameral legislative branch of the government of Thailand
Thailand
. It convenes in the Parliament House , Dusit District , Bangkok
Bangkok
. The NAT was established in 1932 after the adoption of Thailand's first constitution , which transformed Thailand
Thailand
from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy . During the 2013 political crisis , the House of Representatives was dissolved by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who called for election on 2 February 2014 until it was nullified by the Constitutional Court . After the 2014 coup d\'état , the NAT was replaced by the military-backed, unicameral National Legislative Assembly (NLA) according to the 2014 constitution . After the promulgation of the 2017 constitution in April 2017, the NAT was reestablished
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Yingluck Cabinet
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was appointed effective 5 August 2011, she handed in her cabinet list for endorsement on 9 August. Yingluck and her cabinet were sworn in at Siriraj Hospital where King Bhumibol Adulyadej resided, on 10 August. She would go on to reorganize the cabinet multiple times. Occasionally either the members of the cabinet or the occasion of the swearing was notable in some way. CONTENTS * 1 Cabinet Yingluck I * 2 Cabinet Yingluck II * 3 Cabinet Yingluck III * 4 Cabinet Yingluck IV * 5 References CABINET YINGLUCK IComposition of the Council of Ministers before 18 January 2012: PARTY KEY Pheu Thai Party Chartthaipattana Party Chart Pattana Puea Pandin Party Phalang Chon Party Independent Cabinet of Thailand PORTFOLIO MINISTER DEPUTY MINISTER PRIME MINISTER Yingluck Shinawatra Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit Deputy Prime Minister Pol. Capt Chalerm Yubamrung Deputy Prime Minister Pol
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Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School
The ARMED FORCES ACADEMIES PREPARATORY SCHOOL or AFAPS (Thai: โรงเรียนเตรียมทหาร abbreviated รร.ตท.) is a Thai military academy , providing an education equivalent to the last three years of senior high school (years 10-12). In Nakhon Nayok Province , it is a flagship institution of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters. The curriculum consists of rigorous academics, military training, and intensive physical activities. The AFAPS has a considerable drop-out rate . Cadets who manage to graduate automatically gain entrance to the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy , the Royal Thai Naval Academy , the Royal Thai Air Force Academy, or the Royal Thai Police Academy. The school accepts only male applicants. Admission to AFAPS is highly selective. The number of applicants per year exceeds 70,000. Slightly more than 600 are accepted, making the overall acceptance rate less than one percent
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2009 Thai Political Unrest
A series of political demonstrations and following unrest occurred in Thailand from 26 March to 14 April 2009 in Bangkok and Pattaya against the government of Abhisit Vejjajiva and the military crackdown that followed. Up to 100,000 people demonstrated in central Bangkok at the height of the protests. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Popular protests * 2.1 8 April * 2.2 11 April * 2.3 12 April * 2.4 13 April * 2.5 14 April * 3 Aftermath * 4 See also * 5 References BACKGROUNDOn 17 December 2008, Abhisit Vejjajiva , leader of the Democrat Party , was named Prime Minister , after the Constitutional Court of Thailand banned then-Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat from politics for five years
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Martin Dempsey
MARTIN EDWARD DEMPSEY (born March 14, 1952), sometimes known as MARTY DEMPSEY, is a retired United States Army
United States Army
general who served as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
from October 1, 2011 until September 25, 2015. He previously served as the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army from April 11, 2011, to September 7, 2011. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command , from December 8, 2008, to April 11, 2011, as Acting Commander, U.S. Central Command , from March 24, 2008, to October 30, 2008, as Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command , from August 2007 to March 23, 2008, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I), from August 2005 to August 2007
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Red Shirts (Thailand)
A SHIRT is a cloth garment for the upper body (from the neck to the waist). Originally an undergarment worn exclusively by men, it has become, in American English
American English
, a catch-all term for a broad variety of upper-body garments and undergarments. In British English
British English
, a shirt is more specifically a garment with a collar , sleeves with cuffs , and a full vertical opening with buttons or snaps (North Americans would call that a "dress shirt ", a specific type of "collared shirt"). A shirt can also be worn with a necktie under the shirt collar
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Nakhon Ratchasima Province
NAKHON RATCHASIMA (Thai : นครราชสีมา), often called KHORAT (Thai : โคราช) is one of the Isan provinces (changwat) of Thailand 's northeast corner. It is the country's largest province by area, with a population of about 2.7 million who produce about 250 billion baht in GDP , the highest in Isan. Neighbouring provinces are (clockwise, from north) Chaiyaphum , Khon Kaen , Buriram , Sa Kaeo , Prachinburi , Nakhon Nayok , Saraburi , and Lopburi . The capital of the province is the city of Nakhon Ratchasima in Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima District , also called Khorat
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