The Thai National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will vote for a new prime minister on August 21 or 22 after concluding discussions on budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

The NLA has only one month to scrutinise the fiscal 2015 budget bill before the fiscal year begins, NLA Deputy Chairman Surachai Liengboonlertchai said, adding that it will hold the first reading of the bill on August 15.

Surachai said he personally supports General Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order, for the position. But it is up to the NLA to decide, he said.

According to the Thai interim Constitution, NLA members will vote for a new prime minister and the Cabinet to govern the caretaker government until a general election scheduled for late next year.-VNA