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Thai Opposition Files Petition to End PM’s Term Ahead of Polls

  • Coup leader Prayuth was appointed PM nearly eight years ago
  • His term finishes next week but supporters dispute this
Prayuth Chan-ocha
Prayuth Chan-ocha

Photographer: Jes Aznar/Getty Images

Thai opposition parties filed a petition to remove Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha on constitutional grounds, months before the government is due to complete its four-year term next year and elections are called. 

Pheu Thai Party and five others in the opposition submitted a petition to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai on Wednesday, asking the Constitutional Court to determine when Prayuth’s term ends as they said he comes up against an eight-year limit next week as prime minister.