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Prayut suspended, Prawit now Acting PM

BANGKOK: The Constitutional Court today (Aug 24) voted 5-4 in ordering Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha suspended from duty, effective immediately.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 24 August 2022, 07:24PM


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House yesterday (Aug 24). Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House yesterday (Aug 24). Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

The court’s order came after it ruled to accept the petition asking for a ruling on his eight-year tenure as prime minister, reports the Bangkok Post.

The petition was forwarded from Parliament to the court on Monday.

The opposition has asked the court to rule on his tenure, when it began and ends, as it is still open to interpretation.

Critics say his term should end today (Aug 24) as his first day in office should be counted from Aug 24, 2014, when he was named prime minister after leading a military coup in May, while his supporters say the count should start on June 9, 2019, after the present constitution came into force in 2017.

The court said the nine judges unanimously agreed to accept the petition for consideration and ordered the person named in the petition ‒ the prime minister in this case ‒ to counter the petition before the court within 15 days of receiving official notification.

However, the decision to suspend him from work was by a majority vote, it said.

The court did not say when it will make a ruling on the issue raised in the petition.

C and C Marine

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon is now caretaker prime minister while Gen Prayut remains in Cabinet in his role as defence minister, a government spokesman said later today.

Anucha Burapachaisri said Gen Prawit will remain caretaker prime minister until the Constitutional Court makes its ruling on Gen Prayut’s tenure as prime minister.

Gen Prayut continues to serve as defence minister in the Cabinet, he confirmed.

The spokesman’s statement cleared the air over who would temporarily guide the Cabinet in the wake of the court’s order.

Gen Prawit is highest in the hierarchy of the six deputy prime ministers, according to an order of the Prime Minister’s Office signed by Gen Prayut in 2020.

The court accepted the petition of the opposition parties questioning the eight-year tenure of Gen Prayut and ordered him suspended from premiership until the judges’ ruling. The order takes effect immediately.

“Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha hopes that people will respect the decision of the court and avoid making criticism of the performance of the court,” the spokesman said.

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r u sure | 25 August 2022 - 16:23:12

Well said @Kamala Pete

Kamala Pete | 25 August 2022 - 13:20:35

Us "farangs" have chosen to live in this country for a variety of reasons. That being said, perhaps we should be sufficiently respectful to stay away from their politics and stop the constant, ineffectual critical whining.

JohnC | 25 August 2022 - 10:53:19

In the 30 years I have lived here there has never been a competent federal government, not even once. But there has been two coups and now one wonders whether another will have to happen to remove this guy who took power by coup. Glad I don't have to try and choose who is worth voting for.

Kurt | 25 August 2022 - 10:37:19

.."As it is still open to interpretation".. , as with everything here, although the 2017 Constitution is very clear about it. TIT. But slowly the things start cracking as more and more 'Influentials' realize that present Government walk needs to change. What did the country achieved past 8 years, for the benefit of Thai people?

Prab | 25 August 2022 - 08:13:39

@Capricornball, i'm totally agree with you on this and the 2014 coup as well.. one as to ask if the issue really is the military or the totally incompetent politicant class around here or if the issue bear on that thirth and most powerful organization that this country as and cannot have a rid of yet...  guess we all know the answer to this... 

Capricornball | 24 August 2022 - 23:10:31

Poor Thailand...it has to rank near the bottom in terms of competent governance.  I guess that is just the way it is when you have the military wrest power from the people, but then again, that seemed like a good idea in 2014, as the sitting gov't at that point was utterly worthless.  It is unfortunate that more youthful insight isn't allowed instead of these corrupt military dinosaurs.

 

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