A Thai court removes the prime minister from office pending an investigation:

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha has been placed on administrative leave by the constitutional court until a judicial review of his term limit is conducted.

The constitutional court has suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha from his official duties as it awaits the outcome of a judicial review of his term limit, according to Thai media on Wednesday.

Without identifying any sources, Thai PBS, Khaosod, and Workpoint media published the court's ruling. The information could not be independently verified by Reuters.

A formal announcement from the constitutional court is anticipated shortly.

When he launched a coup to topple an elected government in 2014, Prayuth came into power.

According to the government line of succession, the deputy prime minister and longtime political kingmaker Prawit Wongsuwan, 77, would probably take over as acting prime minister.

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