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New NSC secretary-general to be revealed next Tuesday

Jul 26. 2017
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By The Nation

The new secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC) was selected on Wednesday, but the identity of the successful candidate will not be announced until next Tuesday.

Among the two prominent candidates were Gen Wallop Raksanor, the Defence Ministry’s director of policy and planning bureau, and Somkiat Sripasert, current NSC deputy secretary-general.

The name of the successful candidate will not be announced until the Cabinet approves the selection next Tuesday.

The winner will replace current NSC secretary-general Gen Thawip Netniyom, who is due to retire this September.

Wednesday’s meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, who refused to speak about the new appointment.

Thawip said after the meeting that the successful candidate will be proposed by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan.

“It’s my responsibility to nominate a candidate. The deputy [Prawit] then takes all candidacies in consideration, and a commander’s decision is final," said Thawip.

The successful candidate was chosen after discussion, not voting, Thawip added. “All opinions went in the same direction so there was no need to vote,” he said.

As well as the candidacy, the meeting’s agenda also covered a surveillance camera system, national cyber security strategic draft, counter-terrorism strategic draft and intelligence system reform.

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