Thailand's prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha put a cardboard cutout in front of the nation's press to answer questions on his behalf.
Chan-ocha told the gathering media at an event to promote upcoming Children's Day: "If anyone wants to ask any questions on politics or conflicts, ask this guy."
Bemused journalists were left aghast by the latest in a long list of antics from the prime minister who has previous fondled the ear of a sound recordist and flung banana peel at a cameraman.
The Thai government took power in 2014 following a bloodless coup but has failed to delivery on a number of promises and has received criticism for its repressive policies towards freedom of expression.
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