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Turbulent Thailand

Thai court suspends PM Prayuth; Prawit made acting PM

5-4 decision gives judges time to consider opposition's term limit petition

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha: A surprising Constitutional Court ruling on Aug. 24 temporarily removes Prayuth from office.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha from duty until it rules on a petition filed by opposition parties that the one-time army chief has served beyond the constitutionally mandated eight years.

Prayuth first awarded himself the prime minister post in 2014, after staging a military coup.

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