Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha campaigns as Prime Minister candidate for the United Thai Nation Party (Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party) ahead of a general election this year in Bangkok, Thailand, January 9, 2023. Photo by Reuters/Chalinee Thirasupa
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday he had prepared a decree seeking to dissolve parliament ahead of an election, an expected step as his government heads into the last week of its four-year term.
The decree would require approval of Thailand’s monarch and would take effect once published in the Royal Gazette. An election must take place 45-60 days after dissolution.
“I have prepared (the decree), we have to wait. We have to wait for the announcement in the Royal Gazette,” Prayuth told reporters in the northern city of Chiang Mai.
Asked when this would be, he said: “We have to wait.”