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Court rules Prayut has not exceeded 8-year limit as PM

Court rules Prayut has not exceeded 8-year limit as PM

BANGKOK: The Constitutional Court ruled today (Sept 30) that Prayut Chan-o-cha has not reached his eight-year tenure as prime minister.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 30 September 2022, 03:55PM


Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during fhis Phuket visit in 2021. Photo: PR Phuket/ File

Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during fhis Phuket visit in 2021. Photo: PR Phuket/ File

The Constitutional Court ruled in favour of Gen Prayut, saying that his tenure has not reached its limit yet because it started on April 6, 2017, when the present charter took effect, reports Bangkok Post.

The ruling was delivered in Bangkok, with the reading starting at 3pm. The decision was by a majority vote.

The case began in mid-August when the Constitutional Court accepted the petition asking for a ruling on Gen Prayut’s eight-year tenure as prime minister.

The petition was signed by 171 MPs from the opposition bloc who believe Gen Prayut’s term started on Aug 24, 2014, when he first became prime minister under the provisional constitution enforced after he led the coup on May 22 of that year.

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Gen Prayut’s supporters say his term started when he was appointed PM under the 2017 charter in June 2019.

According to Section 158 of the constitution, the maximum term of a prime minister is eight years (whether or not the terms are consecutive).

On Aug 24, the court voted 5-4 to suspend Gen Prayut until it hands down its ruling on his term limit. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon became caretaker prime minister while Gen Prayut remained in Cabinet in his role as defence minister.

Today (Sept 30), the Constitutional Court ruled that Gen Prayut’s term started on April 6, 2017, when the present charter took effect. His previous leadership did not apply under the 2017 constitution.

Thus Gen Prayut’s tenure ends in 2025, the Constitutional Court ruled.

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Prab | 03 October 2022 - 17:35:36

it was expected and not surprise.. this will only amplify red landslide next may..and even though he is as corrupt as hell i wont bet on the others either... at least he kept a good relation with Myanmar junta ( where thailand get 90% of it gas @1/10 of price of the emirate one ) and legalized weed.. i'm not justify anyone but here in the jungle one or the other i dont see any differences 

JohnC | 02 October 2022 - 09:22:57

A very sad day for the majority of people in Thailand indeed. Except for the HiSos and well connected government officials of course, they will always benefit from dodgy leaders who have been given the green light to continue messing up the country for 3 more years and lining their pockets even further...

Kurt | 01 October 2022 - 09:44:37

I am not surprised by the 'ruling'. Sad is that Thailand has given away the chance to change and 're-develope'/catch up 
what has gone downward since 2014. Pity.

Fascinated | 30 September 2022 - 18:49:19

Textbook example of 'foregone conclusion'. He may have over-stepped his mark this time though. Another 3 years of bumbling chaos ahead. Lets hope the streets don't run red with blood. 

Capricornball | 30 September 2022 - 17:06:49

Tis a sad day for the people of Thailand, yet I'd wager to bet that not many are surprised.  So 3 more years of inefficient and ineffective military government, consisting mostly of self-serving know nothings and do nothings. Tis a sad day indeed, but I expected as much.

 

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