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Thailand’s prime minister leaves cardboard cutout to answer press questions

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Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (left) walks out of a press conference, leaving his cardboard likeness behind. Photo: AAP
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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has baffled reporters at a press conference in Bangkok by leavng a cardboard cutout of himself to answer questions.

In what may be the ultimate evasive move, Mr Prayuth abruptly ended a Monday media outing before reporters could ask questions, bringing out the life-sized replica to field all further enquiries.

“If you want to ask any questions on politics or conflict, ask this guy,” he said, turning on his heel and giving a wave to the waiting press pack before walking out.

Mr Prayuth, a general who seized power during a 2014 coup, is known for his whacky media antics – he’s joked about executing journalists who criticise him and once threw a banana peel at a cameraman.

Often criticised for a lack of transparency, the Thai leader has promised to hold elections in November this year, but there are concerns he may delay them, as he’s done so previously.

Watch it happen below:

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