BANGKOK – The temperamental but tuneful head of Thailand's military junta has written a song he describes as a New Year's present to his fellow citizens, his second such morale-boosting effort since seizing power in May last year.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Tuesday that his new song, "Because You Are Thailand," is an appeal to all Thais to join with him in overcoming the crisis that besets Thailand, an apparent reference to divisions that caused sometimes-violent political conflicts over the past decade. Prayuth has said the 2014 coup he led as army commander was aimed at restoring order.
Prayuth penned the lyrics to another song, "Returning Happiness to the People," shortly after last year's takeover. It is often played on state-controlled radio and TV stations.