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Turbulent Thailand

Thai PM welcomes offer to seek reelection amid term-limit debate

Prayuth's ruling party, opposition at odds over interpretation of 8-year cap

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's approval numbers are sinking, but the ruling party is apparently wedded to him, with its leader being quoted as saying that Prayuth "will be with us till death do us part."   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's ruling party appears ready to nominate Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to run again in the next general election despite sinking public approval -- an offer that has been met with enthusiasm from the leader and stirred debate over term limits.

"The prime minister was pleased," government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said after a weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday, referring to the Palang Pracharat Party's apparent offer to make Prayuth its prime ministerial candidate in a vote to be held by 2023.

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