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Wongsakul named new attorney general

Jul 18. 2019
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By The Nation

The Public Prosecution Commission Thursday selected a new attorney general to succeed outgoing Khemchai Chutwong, who will retire at the end of September at the age of 65.

Prayut Phetkhun, deputy spokesman of the Office of the Attorney General, said the Public Prosecution Commission, voted unanimously to select Wongsakul Kittipromwong, director of the Special Cases Division, as the new and 15th attorney general.

Wongsakul will take office on October 1, succeeding Khemchai.

The meeting of the commission was chaired by Atthapol Yaisawang, the chairman of the commission.

Wongsakul was the only candidate nominated for consideration as the attorney general.

Prayut said the Office of the Attorney General will send Wongsakul’s name to be endorsed by the Senate. After he is endorsed, he will be serve a first tenure of two years. 

Wongsakul will be the first director of a division to rise to the top post of public prosecutor who has not come from the deputy attorney general or inspector general levels, as other prosecutors in these posts of deputy generals and inspector-generals are 65 years old and due to retire. Wongsakul was therefore considered the most senior public prosecutor eligible for the top post.

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