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Prayut Chan-o-cha (sometimes spelt Prayuth Chan-ocha; Thai: ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา, pronounced [prā.jút tɕān.ʔōː.tɕʰāː]; born 21 March 1954) is a Thai politician, retired Royal Thai Army general officer and former leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the military junta which ruled Thailand between 22 May 2014 and 10 July 2019. As of August 2019 he serves as Prime Minister of Thailand, Thailand's Defence Minister, and head of the Royal Thai Police. In addition, he assumed the duties of Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak as head of the government's economic team and oversees the Justice Ministry's Department of Special Investigation (DSI).
Prayut is a former Commander in Chief of the Royal Army from October 2010 to October 2014. After his appointment as army chief, Prayut was characterised as a royalist and an opponent of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Considered a hardliner within the military, he was one of the leading proponents of military crackdowns on the Red Shirt demonstrations of April 2009 and April–May 2010. He later sought to moderate his profile, talking to relatives of protesters who were killed in the bloody conflict, and co-operating with the government of Yingluck Shinawatra who won parliamentary elections in July 2011.
During the political crisis that began in November 2013 and involved protests against the caretaker government of Yingluck, Prayut claimed that the army was neutral, and would not launch a coup. However in May 2014, Prayut staged a military coup against the government and assumed control of the country as NCPO leader. He later issued an interim constitution granting himself sweeping powers and giving himself amnesty for staging the coup. In August 2014, an unelected military-dominated national legislature appointed him Prime Minister.
After seizing power, Prayut's government oversaw a significant crackdown on dissent. He formulated “twelve values” based on traditional Thai values and suggested that these be included in school lessons. Measures were implemented to limit public discussions about democracy and criticism of the government, including increases in Internet and media censorship. Prayut became Prime Minister of Thailand following the 2019 Thai general election.
- Taking power by coup in 2014
- Internet and media censorship due in NCPO era.
- Arrest and detain activists who demands democracy and elections.
- His vulgar and slang words in public speech.
- Propaganda songwritings.
- Incompleted oath of allgiance.
- Human right violations due in NCPO era.
- Political corruptions and detain or kill anyone who attempted to uncover his actions such, The Rajabhakti Park projects etc.
- Creating a authoritarian-style constitution to control all of the governmental organisations
- Electoral frauds in 2019 and creating the infamous "250 Senators" to keep his positions
- Protecting his minions from corruption scandals or other scandals.
- Scolding journalists who interviewed him.
- Spending his money, people's tax and domestic budget extravagantly.
- Claiming the allegiance of the monarchical institution.