Thai PM abandons press conference, leaves cardboard cutout

He's found a new way to avoid answering press questions.
He's found a new way to avoid answering press questions. Photo credit: Reuters

Thailand's Prime Minister has come up with an unusual approach to avoiding journalists' questions - leave behind a cardboard cutout of himself to take the heat.

Prayuth Chan-ocha came to power in Thailand in 2013 after a military coup. While the government promised to hold nationwide elections, they have repeatedly been pushed back.

Many protestors have been detained or jailed, and reporters were expecting to ask him about the elections, a violent insurgency in Thailand's south, and strict lese majeste laws used to jail those who insult the monarchy.

However when Mr Prayuth appeared outside Government House in Bangkok, he had another plan.

"If you want to ask any questions on politics or conflict, ask this guy," he said, standing next to the portrait of himself.

He then left, leaving the replica behind.

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