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Thai PM Stays in Power as Court Finds No Breach in Term Rule

  • Prayuth’s premiership began in April 2017, court rules
  • Former coup-leader to return to office on Monday, adviser says
Prayuth Chan O-Cha in May.
Prayuth Chan O-Cha in May.Photographer: Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/Getty Images
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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha will remain in office after the highest court ruled he hadn’t breached a constitutional term limit, handing him a victory as political jockeying increases ahead of elections that must be called by March. 

The nine-member Constitutional Court said Friday the eight-year term limit can’t be imposed retroactively on Prayuth, who first took office on Aug. 24, 2014 after leading a coup. That’s because this provision and the military-backed charter only became effective in 2017.