Thai king opens 1st session of elected assembly since coup
The leader of Thailand's Democrat Party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, center, and secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, right, arrives at the parliament Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 24, 2019. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn plans to officially open parliament following the first democratic election since a coup five years ago. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 6:05AM 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-bring.
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.