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Prayuth plays Thai poll timing guessing game in reelection bid

Incumbent PM still needs to get backing to run again, sources say

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hopes that his United Thai Nation Party will gain enough votes in this year's general elections to be able to put him forward as a candidate for premiership again.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Despite having dropped broad hints about dissolving parliament in March, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has remained tight-lipped about the exact date, which sources say is part of a strategy to boost his reelection chances.

A source close to Prayuth told Nikkei Asia that the incumbent is eyeing the dissolution of the legislature "likely on March 9 or around that time." Based on that timeline, a general election will have to be called earliest in 45 days or latest in 60 days, according to the kingdom's constitution -- making the days towards the end of April to early May the likely choice.

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