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Prawit granted full powers as PM

BANGKOK: The cabinet yesterday (Aug 30) issued a resolution entrusting Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon with the full prime ministerial powers including authorising high-level appointments and passing budgetary decisions.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 31 August 2022, 11:10AM

Prawit: Can now make top appointments, budget moves. Photo: Bangkok Post

Prawit: Can now make top appointments, budget moves. Photo: Bangkok Post

Normally, an acting prime minister is not given the powers to oversee senior appointments and make key budgetary decisions and must still consult with the prime minister first, reports the Bangkok Post.

However, now that Gen Prayut has been ordered to take a break by the Constitutional Court during its deliberation of his eight-year tenure, it is impractical for Gen Prawit to consult Prayut who currently cannot discharge his duties as prime minister, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.

The government’s legal expert said the cabinet yesterday decided to pass a fresh resolution authorising Prawit to approve appointments and make budget decisions, in addition to other prime ministerial powers.

Prawit chaired yesterday’s weekly cabinet meeting as acting prime minister for the first time since Prayut was suspended last Wednesday, the point at which Prawit’s added powers took retroactive effect.

Yesterday’s resolution also spelt out the line of succession among the deputy prime ministers. If Prawit, the most senior deputy prime minister, was unable to act as prime minister for any reason, he would be succeeded by Mr Wissanu, followed by Anutin Charnvirakul, Jurin Laksanawisit, Don Pramudwinai and Supattanapong Punmeechaow.

Prawit insisted no cabinet reshuffle is in the pipeline.

“Why change anything when what we have is still workable?” he said.

Meanwhile, the opposition agreed the House should not be dissolved until a number of essential bills for organising elections are enacted, predicting chaos if a dissolution were to happen too soon.

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However, opposition leader Cholnan Srikaew has pledged to keep a close watch on Prawit’s performance as acting prime minister.

The opposition believes Prayut completed his maximum eight-year term, as stipulated by the constitution, on Aug 24. However, others argued he still has either two or five years left to serve, depending on the interpretation of the charter.

Dr Cholnan, who leads the main opposition Pheu Thai Party, said the House being disbanded without the organic laws on the election of MPs and political parties in place first would create a vacuum with chaos likely to ensue if the government opted for an executive decree instead of the bills to manage a general election.

Elsewhere, a team of legal advisers to Prayut is working on a statement in response to his suspension, reports the Bangkok Post.

Maj Gen Veera Rojanavas, one of the advisers, said the court gave Prayut 15 days from Aug 24, when he was suspended, to officially respond.

Maj Gen Veera said the statement is expected to be finished this week, after which it will be submitted to the court.

He also noted that Prayut has not given any special instructions on the matter, merely telling his advisers to follow all legal procedures with due care.

Prayut’s suspension is expected to last around a month while the court considers its final verdict.

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Kurt | 07 September 2022 - 18:47:15

Actually, in 2014, Gen Prayut outlined a bold new vision to turn Thailand into a developed country by 2025. Since his time is 8 yrs, until this year, how could he set such time window of 11 years.  Oooh, on forehand he didn't take the 8yrs PM time limit serious, is that it? Anyway, not one step of that developing plan has taken place so far. Just own power consolidation.

JohnC | 03 September 2022 - 09:33:03

To quote The Who: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Kurt | 02 September 2022 - 12:42:56

According their own Constitution design/setting this Coup Government should have held elections, 2, 3 months prior the 8 years completed PM government time. Prove Thailand is a ( Asian) Constitutional Democracy. No longer by Junta appointed parliament members. Only choosen ones, by the people.

christysweet | 02 September 2022 - 12:01:54

Whoops  should have wrote 'Shinawatras..' All for Yingluck 2023 !!

christysweet | 02 September 2022 - 10:31:27

Great now time for an election and how about the Thaksins return and show 'em how to win ?

Kurt | 02 September 2022 - 09:58:14

There is a difference between a acting PM ( Deputy) when the PM is sick/is a few days in hospital or on a overseas trip. A acting PM, when the PM has been sidelined by CONSTITUTIONAL Court, is a complete different situation. Prawit is now the PM. Decision Constitutional Court means Prayut must abstain himself of any 'background' action as well.

Prab | 01 September 2022 - 16:32:41

is this another Coup???

Capricornball | 31 August 2022 - 23:50:11

Oh brother..."...authorizing high-level appointments and passing budgetary decisions".  I can just imagine the damage someone can do with those liberties. Hopefully the opposition folks can keep good tabs without ending up in a barrel in Cambodia.

Kurt | 31 August 2022 - 20:24:29

In a Constitutional Democracy, what Thailand suppose to be, it is not a Cabinet that hand out 'power cards'. It is the Constitution what dictates a follow up. Normally endorses by a Emperer, King or Queen in a Kingdom.

Kurt | 31 August 2022 - 20:17:33

"Normally acting PM must consult a PM first". But legally Thailand has no PM this moment. Simple. They can not bring whole, very slow developing country, to a complete stand still, cause of a PM suspension. Something what can become permanent! Dramatic hillarious, photo of Dep PM Prawit in BP, during Cabinet meeting not sitting in PM chair. All like panicking birds in a cage.


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