Thai junta gives security forces majority in interim legislature

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 31, 2014 11:35 AM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta on Thursday named more than 120 active and retired members of the security forces in an interim legislature of 200 people, as it seeks to keep tight control over the body it will task with enacting sweeping reforms.

The armed forces took power on May 22 in a bloodless coup following six months of street demonstrations that contributed to the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will hold its first meeting on August 7.

(Reporting by Kaweewit Kaewjinda; Writing by Simon Webb; Editing by Ron Popeski)