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Handling of Pandemic Gives Thailand's Prayut Hope of Retaining Power

By Kyodo News 3 July 2020

BANGKOK—It is a year since Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha returned to power in Thailand as a civilian leader, but his government already has its sights set on staying in power beyond the remaining three years of its term.

The first 12 months have presented many challenges for the Prayut regime, including anti-government protests and the coronavirus pandemic, which has sent the Southeast Asian country’s economy into a tailspin.

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