>> Thailand's prime minister has found a unique way of avoiding tricky questions from reporters. Refer all questions to a cardboard cutout of himself. On Monday, Prayuth Chan-o-cha spoke briefly to journalists. But when it came to questions, ask this guy was the response. Selfies with the cutouts about all this and more press could get.
The leader hasn't explained the tactic, which faces mounting criticism. Human Rights Watch says the action show his contempt of media criticism in a country which has yet to restore democracy since the 2014 coup. In all, 17 life-sized cutouts of Prayuth have been set up around the government compound ahead of Children's Day on Saturday.
They show him in various outfits including sports wear, work suits, and traditional Thai attire. On Tuesday, Prayuth, who is head of the governing military junta, hinted in person at his political ambitions.>> I am the people's person now. I can be whatever people want me to be or whatever they appoint me to be because what I do is for the people.
I would like to add that whoever wants to be in this position, they must be determined to bring change to the country.>> His words came after the junta announced plans for a general election in November this year, after repeatedly delaying the vote. They've yet to lift a ban on political campaigning, however, despite pressure from groups of all political stripes and all three dimensions