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Pre-APEC, Thai PM touts infrastructure, EVs and bank reform

Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks on his place in history as his possible end looms

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center, on Oct. 27: He has been talking up his successes as uncertainty mounts about his continuance in office after elections next year. (Photo by Dominic Faulder)

BANGKOK -- In the run-up to November's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum leaders meeting in Bangkok, Thailand's gruff and usually media-averse Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has given a speech extolling his achievements since seizing power as army chief in 2014.

Afterward, one ambassador from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations wondered what Prayuth had in mind. "Was this about what I have achieved or what I can still achieve?" the envoy said.

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