BANGKOK, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Thailand on Tuesday named Gen. Narongphan Jitkaewtae as the new 42nd Thai Army Commander-in-Chief, replacing Gen. Apirat Kongsompong.
At a ceremony outside the Royal Thai Army Museum, Narongphan, who will take over as the Army chief from Oct. 1, said on live TV that he will keep Apirat's policies and ideologies alive and maintain unity among military officers to provide unity for Thailand and the monarchy.
"I pledge to all of you that I will continue the obligations, responsibility, policies and ideology of the army chief, General Apirat Kongsompong, to the fullest of my ability," Narongpan said.
Meanwhile, King Maha Vajiralongkorn ordered on Sept. 15 the Bureau of the Royal Household to accept a transfer of Apirat from the retirement of the Royal Thai Army to the Bureau of the Royal Household in the position of Vice-Chamberlain of the Household. Enditem