Prayut wants to stay PM for 2 more years
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday that he wanted to remain in his position for two more years after the next general election.
Prayut said: "If I am able to remain as the prime minister, I will do so only until 2025."
It was the first time that he spoke about his political future in recent months, with the four-year-long term of his present government ending in March.
To the question of whether he would join the new United Thai Nation Party (UTN), Prayut said: "It should have been clear by now."
Asked if he would join the UTN, the prime minister said: "I simply haven't spoken about it. I will speak about it later."
Observers expected him to join the UTN, founded in March last year by a former aide to the prime minister.
- aide: someone whose job is to help another person in their work - ผู้ช่วย
- clear (adjective): easy to see and understand - ชัดเจน
- general election (noun): an election in which all or most members of a given political body are chosen. The term is usually used to refer to elections held for a nation's primary legislative body, as distinguished from by-elections and local elections (Source: Wikipedia) - การเลือกตั้งทั่วไป
- limit: the largest or smallest amount, or the highest or lowest level, of something that is allowed - ขอบเขต, เขต
- observers (noun): people who watch what happens but have no active part in it; people who watch and analyse a situation - ผู้สังเกตการณ์,ผู้ออกความเห็น
- premier (noun): prime minister - นายกรัฐมนตรี
- remain (verb): to stay in the same place; to not leave - ยังอยู่, พักอยู่, รออยู่
- successor: someone who has an important position after someone else - ผู้สืบทอดตำแหน่ง
- 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