Thailand Prime Minister leaves life-sized standee to answer journalists’ questions

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  • Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha walked out of a press conference
  • After giving a short statement, he refused to answer questions from the media 
  • He placed a life-sized standee of himself instead – and walked out

Thailand’s Prime Minister has evaded journalists’ questions by bringing out a life-sized cardboard cut-out of himself and telling reporters to ask it instead of him.

On Monday, General Prayuth Chan-ocha spoke briefly with journalists, but then decided to place a cardboard figure to avoid answering the questions of the different media people present.

“If you want to ask any questions on politics or conflict, ask this guy,” he said jokingly before turning on his heel and walking away; leaving the mock-up behind to the bewildered looks and awkward laughter from the Government House press pack.

Prayuth, a former general who took power in a bloodless coup in 2014, has developed a reputation for antics. Three years ago he had “fondled the ear of a sound technician”, thrown a banana peel at a camera man, and threatened (jokingly) to execute any journalist critical of his government.