Thailand’s ousted leader, former prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is serving as defense minister
General Prayut Chan-ocha, the ousted prime minister of Thailand, said on social media that he will continue to serve as defense minister, the Bangkok Post reported.
This is the politician’s first direct address to the public since Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled that his term as prime minister be terminated while a term-limit review is pending.
“I will continue to fulfill my duty and responsibilities as defense minister for the sake of the people and Thailand every day,” Prayut said on his official Twitter page.
It should be noted that Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan serves as prime minister of Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.
Recall that the day before, the Constitutional Court of Thailand dismissed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ochu from office. The court did not say when it would rule on whether the prime minister had violated the term limit clause of the constitution.
Note that Prayut Chan-Ocha gained power in a military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Yingluck Sinawatra. He led the junta for five years and became prime minister after national elections in 2019.
During his rule, Thailand recorded its worst economic performance in three decades. His government was also criticized for the way it handled the coronavirus pandemic. Pro-democracy rallies in Bangkok in 2020 attracted tens of thousands of people, and the main demand of those behind the movement was Prayuth Chan-ochi’s resignation.
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