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.

Asked for his plans before his tenure as premier ends in 2025, Prayut said: "I will do my best and then find a suitable and acceptable successor."

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."

If Prayut stays as the prime minister after the next general election, he can remain in office until 2025 due to the eight-year limit for a prime minister's tenure.

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
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