Thai prime minister joins new party to seek another term


              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha , center, smiles as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha , center, gestures as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
            Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha , center, gestures as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Supporters hold up posters of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha , center, gestures as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha , center, gestures as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha , center, receives garlands from his supporters as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha , center, officially gestures as he announces he is joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha , center, poses with party members as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) A supporter holds a cut-out of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha , center, poses with party members as he officially announces joining the United Thai Nation Party as a newly-established party's candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Prayuth, who first came to power as army chief leading a coup in 2014, became prime minister in an elected government in 2019 as the candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath Party, but has split with his former colleagues to become the candidate for Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation Party, in this year's not-yet-scheduled general election. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai prime minister joins new party to seek another term