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General Chalermchai appointed the new army strongman

General Chalermchai Sitthisart, the assistant army-commander-chief, has been appointed the new army commander-in-chief to replace General Teerachai Narkvanich who is due to retire at the end of this month.

General Chalermchai is among 798 high-ranking military officers reshuffled which was announced in the Royal Gazette on Friday.

The other important appointments announced include General Surapong Suwan-ath, the chief-of-staff of the armed forces, was named the new supreme commander; General Phisit Sitthisarn, army chief-of-staff, becoming the deputy army commander-in-chief; Lt-Gen Apirat Kongsompong, commander of the First Army Corp, becoming commander of the First Army Region; Lt-Gen Piyawat Narkvanich, an army advisor, becoming commander of the 4th Army Region; Maj-Gen Thammanoon Vithi, commander of the 9th Division, becoming deputy commander of the First Army Region; Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, government spokesman, becoming a resource person of the army; and Maj-Gen Veerachon Sukonthapatipark, deputy government spokesman, becoming a resource person of the army.

Air Chief Marshal Chom Rungsawang, air force chief-of-staff, appointed the new air force commander-in-chief; Colonel Wutthichai Narkvanich, deputy commander of the 9th Division, appointed the new commander.

The new appointments involving 798 officers will become effective as of October 1.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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