Thai PM Prayut Hints Parliament Will Dissolve in Early March

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said on Tuesday that he is considering dissolving parliament as soon as next month in order to allow the election commission enough time to get prepared for the upcoming general elections on May 7.

He has not mentioned the date in his interviews with the press. The term of the government ends on March 23.

Prayuth, who just last month joined the new United Thai Nation party (UTN), could benefit from an early dissolution, since it would open the door to recruiting additional members. Early dissolution would lower the required length of party membership for election candidates from 90 days to 30 days.

Prayuth came to power in a 2014 coup and declared his rule would be short-lived. He led a junta and is still in power as prime minister despite an electoral campaign in 2019.