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Turbulent Thailand

Thai prime minister puts bread and butter issues at top of agenda

Prayuth's program focuses on lifting economy out of 'middle-income trap'

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha laid out his policy agenda in a speech to parliament in Bangkok on July 25. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's newly elected prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, put bread and butter concerns and improving the welfare system at the top of his policy agenda in a speech to parliament on Thursday, indicating his government will focus on the economy first.

Prayuth, who headed the previous junta for five years following a 2014 coup, said, "We must develop our country to move out of the middle-income trap." 

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