Prawit backs Prayut to keep job

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, left, at Government House on Tuesday.  (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, left, at Government House on Tuesday. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Tuesday backed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to carry on in the role for two more years.

He said he also expects Gen Prayut to be nominated as a Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) candidate for prime minister for a second time.

Gen Prawit, who also serves as PPRP leader, said that he was ready to once again nominate Gen Prayut as the prime ministerial candidate of the ruling party. However, he would not refuse if party members wanted to nominate him instead.

The constitution limits the term of a prime minister to eight years, but people are divided as to when Prayut's term officially began.

Some believe it should be this month because the count started in 2014 when he first took the role of prime minister after the coup that year.

Another group claims his term should end in 2027 because he was appointed prime minister under the 2017 charter in June 2019. As a result, his eight-year limit would end in 2027.

According to another metric, the count started in April 2017 when the current charter was announced, meaning that Prayut's tenure would end in 2025.

Observers were quick to note that Gen Prawit's remarks show the government's confidence that Gen Prayut will survive the legal dispute.

If Gen Prawit is proved correct, then it would mean that Gen Prayut would not have to step down until 2025 at the earliest.

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  • appointed: officially chosen for a job - ถูกแต่งตั้ง
  • candidate: a person who is trying to be elected - ผู้สมัครรับเลือกตั้ง
  • charter: a constitution - รัฐธรรมนูญ
  • constitution: the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ
  • coup: the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร
  • instead (adv): in the place of somebody/something - แทน, แทนที่
  • metric (noun): a way of measuring something - ตัววัด
  • nominated: officially suggested for a job or position - แต่งตั้ง
  • refuse (verb): to say or show that you will not do something; to say or show that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do - ปฏิเสธ
  • step down: resign or leave from a high position or job - ลาออก, ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • tenure: the period of time during which someone has an important job - ช่วงระยะเวลาที่ดำรงตำแหน่ง
  • term: a period of time a politician, government or other official holds their job - ช่วงเวลาการดำรงตำแหน่งหรืออำนาจ
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