The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) has received documentation from a sizable number of political activists urging that the independent government body look into how long the PM truly held the job of prime minister. The 68-year-old prime leader is expected to resign from two successive four-year terms on August 24. According to Article 158 of the constitution, a Thai prime minister may hold office for a maximum of eight years before resigning. It is predicted that Gen. Prayut will disregard the law and continue to hold office for a further four years. Observing that they would count down to PM Prayut’s resignation till the stroke of midnight on August 24, he gave each protester preparation advice. According to Jatuporn, people make their own decisions. If they wanted PM Prayut to remain in power until 2027, they only had to “sit and rest at home.” The leader of the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, or Red Shirts, requested that protests be held against Prayut Chan-o-cha on August 23, the day before he formally resigns from his position as prime minister of Thailand.

Next Tuesday, August 16, and Wednesday, August 17, opposition parties led by Chonlanan Sikaew, the leader of the Pheu Thai Party, will discuss the PM Constitution in the ECT. Jatuporn claimed that PM Prayut only had 16 days remaining and would be “a fraudulent PM” if he continued after that. Prayut’s supporters assert that 2019 marked the beginning of his formal term as prime minister, which would extend until 2027. Prayut was chosen as prime minister by the National Council for Peace and Order on August 24 of that same year, following a military takeover on May 22. On October 14, 1973, Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan spoke at Bangkok’s Memorial Monument under the slogan “Cheating… Death for 8 Years, What Thais Should Do with Prayut?” On August 23, Jatuporn requested that demonstrators gather on Ratchadamnoen Road at 4 p.m. in order to remove the prime minister from office. On June 9 of that year, in the first election following the coup, which was purportedly planned to support Prayut’s party, Palang Pracharath, he was re-elected as prime minister. If they thought it was time for him to go, he told them to “get up and fight back.” Last week, a number of MPs and politicians discussed the constitutional conundrum. His supporters contend that it shouldn’t be taken into consideration because he was in charge of an interim administration when he assumed office in 2014.

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