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    Thailand's Constitutional Court suspends Prayuth from exercising powers as prime minister

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    Bangkok, August 24 Thailand’s Constitutional Court announced on the 24th that Prayut’s exercise of the prime minister’s powers will be suspended until the court makes a further ruling on his term of office.

    According to the announcement of the Constitutional Court, the court made the aforesaid ruling by a majority of 5 to 4 after review, and requested Prayuth to submit a statement of self-defense within 15 days of receiving the indictment on that day.

    Anucha, spokesman for the Thai Prime Minister’s Office, said on the same day that Prayuth expressed respect for the court’s rulings and will suspend the exercise of the prime minister’s powers from now on, but will continue to serve as the defense minister. During this period, Deputy Prime Minister Bavi will serve as the interim prime minister, and the operation of government departments will not be affected.

    Thai opposition lawmakers recently submitted an indictment to Congress President Chuan Likpai to file a lawsuit over the expiration of Prayuth’s term. The Congress submitted the indictment to the Constitutional Court on the 22nd.

    According to the opposition party, Prayuth has served as Prime Minister since August 24, 2014, and according to the current constitution, he should resign at 24:00 on August 23 this year. But Prayuth supporters argue that his term should start when the current constitution takes effect in 2017 or when Prayuth becomes prime minister after the 2019 election.

    Prayuth was born in 1954. After launching a military coup in 2014, he served as the chairman of the National Peace and Order Committee and became the Prime Minister of Thailand in August of the same year. In 2019, after the establishment of the new parliament after the general election, Prayut was elected as the prime minister.

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