Thailand’s military administration has decided to revamp the police force and introduced changes to the structure of the Royal Thai Police Board, aiming to limit politicians’ influence on the force.

Accordingly, the Justice and Interior ministers will be removed from the board while the permanent secretary for defence will be added. The number of specialists will also be cut from four to two and be chosen by the Senate instead from the board as before.

Most importantly, the board will have the power to appoint a national police chief nominated by the outgoing one. Previously, it was the prime minister to have this power.

In another development, the military regime has permitted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country for the first time since the May coup.

According to military spokesman, Colonel Winthai Suvaree, her request to travel to the Europe from July 21 to August 10 has been accepted.-VNA