Thai court to decide on PM Prayuth's tenure this month

Thai court to decide on PM Prayuth's tenure this month

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday set Sept. 30 as the time to deliver its verdict on the tenure associated with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, in a case that seeks to determine when he gets to an eight-year limit as premier.

Prayuth, who seized power in a 2014 coup before formally becoming prime minister a few months later, happens to be suspended while the courtroom deliberates on the situation filed by the resistance.

His deputy, Prawit Wongsuwan, is definitely serving as caretaker premier.

The court last month suspended Prayuth from duty after acknowledging a petition in the Pheu Thai celebration, which argued Prayuth’s time as junta chief should be a part of his tenure because prime minister, which should have ended final month.

Prayuth, 68, is still energetic in his other post of defence minister and could return because premier if the court decides he has however to reach the eight-year mark. Prayuth has not given his viewpoint on the case and has said he will respect the court’s decision.

The court must decide whether or not the eight years ought to include his time because leader of the army government. Some of their supporters had argued the eight yrs should be counted after 2017, when a brand new constitution took effect, or even from 2019, when an election occured.

Prayuth was appointed premier by a legislature hand-picked with the military, but he or she was able to stay on as prime minister after a 2019 election, right after he was selected by parliament.

(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing simply by Martin Petty)