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Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha can remain in his job and did not violate a constitutional provision limiting him to eight years in office. Opposition lawmakers had said that Prayuth, who took power as army commander in a 2014 coup, had violated the eight-year limit for prime ministers in Thailand’s 2017 Constitution. Prayuth officially became prime minister in a military government in August 2014, and was named prime minister again after a 2019 election. Using 2014 as a starting date, he would have reached his legal limit last month. He argued that the countdown for the term limit should begin when the current constitution came into effect in April 2017.

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The North Dakota Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a measure should appear on the November ballot asking whether voters want term limits on the governor and state legislators. Supporters of the measure asked the court for such a ruling after Secretary of State Al Jaeger rejected the proposed ballot measure in March. Jaeger cited alleged irregularities including handwriting discrepancies and bonuses paid to petition circulators per signature. The high court on Wednesday found that Jaeger “misapplied the law” when he determined that a pattern of notary violations on some petitions justified invalidating all the petitions sworn before the same notary.

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