Thailand PM Prayuth Announces Retirement from Politics

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Thailand PM Prayuth Announces Retirement from Politics

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced his retirement from politics on Tuesday, nine years after he took power in a military coup.

Prayuth, 69, said he would stay in office as caretaker premier until a new government is formed, but that he would not run for re-election.

His announcement came after his military-backed United Thai Nation party was thumped in the May 14 parliamentary election, winning just 36 of the 500 house seats.

The election was seen as a referendum on Prayuth’s rule, and his defeat was a major blow to his authority.

Prayuth’s decision to retire from politics is a significant development for Thailand, which has been ruled by military leaders for much of its recent history.

It could pave the way for a more democratic future for the country, but it remains to be seen whether the new government will be able to overcome the deep political divisions that have plagued Thailand for years.

9 years after coup, Thailand PM Prayuth quits politics

 

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