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Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power in 2014 and had planned to serve a full elected term until 2023, but his way ahead is far from clear.     © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images
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Rifts in Thailand's fractious coalition threaten early election

Prime Minister Prayuth less certain of lasting full term to 2023

MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writer | Thailand

BANGKOK -- Party leaders in Thailand's ruling coalition were invited to a banquet on March 8 hosted by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at Rajpruek Club -- an exclusive golf club in northern Bangkok near the premier's residence.

Palang Pracharat's Prawit Wongsuwan, Bhumjaithai's Anutin Charnvirakul and the Democrat's Jurin Laksanawisit were the key guests. A similar dinner was held nine days earlier at the same venue for leaders of the many smaller parties in the coalition.

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