Many believe Prayuth’s coup was meant to ensure that Thailand’s elites remained in control during a sensitive time of royal succession. Thailand’s new King, Maha Vajiralongkorn, leads an unconventional lifestyle and does not command the same respect that his father did. Prayuth says simply that he took control to restore order. “I could not allow any further damage to be done to my country,” he says, with a dash of histrionics. “It was at the brink of destruction.”
Prayut Chan-o-cha was born on March 21 in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Focused and driven by his commitment to serve the country, he joins the Army the moment he completes his studies. The General’s career starts at the 21st Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the “Queen’s Guard”. This is where he starts a series of training programs, dedicating his life to the wellbeing of Thailand and to protecting the Monarchy. Prayut Chan-o-cha biography and profile.