The Privy Council of Thailand (Thai: คณะองคมนตรีไทย, khana ongkhamontri thai) is a body of appointed advisors to the Monarch of Thailand: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. The Council, as the Constitution of Thailand stipulates, must be composed of no more than eighteen members. The Council is led by the president of the Privy Council of Thailand; currently former Prime Minister, 'National Statesman' and Army General Prem Tinsulanonda. The king alone appoints all members of the Council.
Under the 2007 Constitution of Thailand, the Council is given many powers and responsibility, all with regard to the Monarchy of Thailand, and the House of Chakri. The Privy Council's offices are located in the Privy Council Chambers, on Sanamchai Road, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand.
In recent years the council and its president in particular, has been accused of interfering in politics. This stems from the council's closeness to the military in particular during the 2006 Thai coup d'état.
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