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Thai PM Prayut may not get support for second term: Analysts

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha still has two more years left in his tenure but a full government term lasts four years. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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BANGKOK - While Thailand's highest court declared last week that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha still has two more years left in his tenure after the current government's term ends, a return to the premier's seat for a fresh term seems increasingly unlikely, said analysts,

At first glance, the Constitutional Court's verdict appears to have thrown the premier a lifeline, allowing him two more years in the role if he runs and wins another term in the next general election due May 2023.

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