In Thailand, opposition seeks constitutional court clarification of PM's term in office

By Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat;, 4 August
Constitutional Court of Thailand (photo credit: chiangraitimes.com)
Constitutional Court of Thailand (photo credit: chiangraitimes.com)
Thailand's main opposition party [...] said it will try to oust Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as early as this month, insisting that his years as junta chief after a 2014 coup count toward a constitutional eight-year limit on his time in office. [....] Prayuth, 68, was junta leader and prime minister from 2014 until 2019, when a new parliament chose him to remain prime minister following an election held under a military-drafted constitution. The opposition says Prayuth's tenure as prime minister began in August 2014, a few months after the coup, and should therefore end this month. But opinion is divided. Some supporters argue his premiership started in 2017 when a new constitution came into force, or after the 2019 election - meaning he should be allowed to stay in power until 2025 or 2027, if elected. [...] Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has said the government would wait for the constitutional court to request its view on the matter. If the court rules that Prayuth's term ends this month, his cabinet would serve as a caretaker until parliament chooses a new prime minister.
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