BANGKOK, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that Prayut Chan-o-cha has not reached an eight-year term limit as prime minister, a move that will enable Prayut to resume his duties after being suspended last month.
Judges of the court voted 6 to 3 to decide that under the 2017 constitution, which came into effect on April 6, 2017, the count of Prayut's premiership should start from April 6, 2017, and thus he has not completed his term as the prime minister, according to a statement issued by the court on Friday.
Acting government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said after the ruling that Prayut respects the ruling of the Constitutional Court.
In August, judges of the court agreed by five votes to four to suspend the premiership of Prayut, effective on Aug. 24, following a petition filed by the opposition parties for a ruling on when Prayut's eight-year tenure should conclude, which the opposition parties believed should have ended. The opposition parties also urged Prayut to step down.
During the period, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon had been serving as the interim prime minister, while Prayut remained as the defense minister.