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    Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that he does not intend to remain in politics after the 2017 general elections but will remain in his post if no “suitable candidate” is found, media reported Thursday.

    BANGKOK (Sputnik) – Earlier this month, the Thai population voted in favor of a new constitution in a referendum. The first elections run according to the new electoral legislation and new constitution, stipulating among other things that the 250-seat upper house of parliament be directly appointed by the military government, should be held in November-December next year.

    “Anyone can become a prime minister, we have a lot of decent people in our country who are capable of working in this position, who will cope with it better than me. But if you do not find a suitable candidate, come to me,” Gen. Chan-o-cha said, when asked whether we would like to return as prime minister after the election, as quoted by the Kom Chad Luek daily.

    Chan-o-cha, who became prime minister as a result of a military coup in 2014, has repeatedly claimed that he is not a politician and does not intend to become one.

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