Thailand is governed under the constitution of 2017. The king is the head of state. The prime minister, who is the head of government, is nominated by the National Assembly and appointed by the king, and may serve for eight years. The National Assembly consists of the Senate, whose 250 members serve five-year terms, and the House of Representatives, whose 500 members serve four-year terms. Senators are appointed by the military. Representatives are elected from constituencies (350) or on a proportional basis. Adminstratively the country is divided into 76 provinces.
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