BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's coup leader and newly appointed premier Prayuth Chan-ocha on Sunday received royal endorsement for a Cabinet stacked with soldiers, as the military extended its reach into the kingdom's politics. Nearly a third of the 32-strong Cabinet are senior military officers. Among them are General Prayuth's close allies and key players in the recent years of political turbulence, including generals involved in the bloody 2010 crackdown on "Red Shirt" activists. Former and serving generals will head the defence, justice, foreign affairs and commerce ministries, while an air marshal will take the top post at the transport department. The civilian portion of the Cabinet includes longstanding allies of the military, such as Mr Sommai Pasri who returns to lead the finance ministry - a post he was given following the nation's last coup in 2006.