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Thai election

Thailand caught in power struggle as Prayuth forms coalition cabinet

His position secured, the PM will now find it hard to satisfy demands of supporters

Prayuth Chan-ocha begins his second term as Thailand's prime minister. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

BANGKOK -- Junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha assumed his second term as Thailand's prime minister on Thursday after successfully negotiating last-minute deals with other political parties to secure their backing, but analysts said he may find it a lot harder to govern this time round.

Prayuth is under pressure to hand over ministerial positions in his now quasi-civilian coalition government to other political parties in exchange for their support in the lower house of the bicameral legislature. Some of the negotiations between Prayuth and the leaders of other political parties were held in military barracks, according to political insiders.

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