PM likely to pick new top cop

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As the formation of a new government coalition drags on, the appointment of a new national police chief, which must be finalised by the end of this month, is likely to be overseen by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in his capacity as chairman of the Police Commission.

The successor to Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, who is due to retire on Sept 30, will be appointed under Section 78(1) of the National Police Act.

This section empowers the prime minister to appoint a police chief from a list of deputies based on seniority, calibre and experience, especially in investigation or suppression….

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