In a significant royal decree published by the Royal Gazette on November 29, 2023, His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn has expanded the Privy Council, appointing General Prayut Chan-o-cha as a Privy Councilor. This development comes as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the advisory body.
The royal announcement, issued in the 8th year of the present reign, cited a royal command proclaiming the appointment, in accordance with an earlier announcement dated October 21, 2022. This move reflects His Majesty’s considered decision to reinforce the expertise and counsel within the Privy Council.
The decision to appoint General Prayut Chan-o-cha aligns with the constitutional framework of the Kingdom of Thailand, specifically referencing Section 10 and Section 11 of the Constitution B.E. 2017. These constitutional provisions empower His Majesty the King to make such appointments, ensuring a structured and lawful process for expanding the Privy Council.
The Royal Gazette serves as the official platform for such proclamations, ensuring transparency and accessibility to the public. The announcement brings attention to the continued evolution of the Privy Council, a body integral to the governance structure of the Kingdom.
This development follows a previous announcement from October 21, 2022, where His Majesty appointed a Privy Councilor. The decision to appoint additional Councilors underscores the monarchy’s commitment to bolstering the council’s role in providing counsel on matters of national importance.
General Prayut Chan-o-cha, with his extensive background in military and governmental roles, brings a wealth of experience to the Privy Council. His appointment is expected to contribute to the diverse expertise within the advisory body, ensuring a well-rounded and comprehensive approach to the challenges faced by the Kingdom.
As Thailand marks this significant development, it reflects the ongoing commitment of the monarchy to adapt and strengthen its institutions in response to the evolving needs of the nation.