Thailand’s military-installed prime minister has crooned a love song and boasted of his government’s achievements during an official visit to the country’s northeast ahead of the March 24 election.

Prayuth Chan-ocha led a 2014 coup ousting an elected government and is seeking to stay in power.

He appeared Wednesday before a crowd of thousands on a trip that was nominally part of his official duties.

Locals shake the hands of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, during a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Locals shake the hands of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, during a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The style of the visit closely resembles what many people would consider campaigning, and he has been carrying out such activities for several months.

Prayuth initially disclaimed any political ambitions after the 2014 coup.

The Palang Pracharath Party is seen as serving as a proxy for the military’s interests.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, gives the love sign after attending a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, gives the love sign after attending a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

It nominated Prayuth as its candidate for prime minister and hopes it can form a government.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, waves to supporters as he attends a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, waves to supporters as he attends a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Local women hug Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, and candidate for the same position, as he attends a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Local women hug Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, and candidate for the same position, as he attends a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, greets local supporters as he attends a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, greets local supporters as he attends a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, greets supporters as he attends a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, greets supporters as he attends a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, mingles with supporters after attending a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, mingles with supporters after attending a government-sponsored event in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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