Thai court rejects lawsuits against PM Prayut’s incomplete swearing-in

  • Thailand’s Constitutional Court on 11 Sep 19 dismissed complaints against the country’s prime minister and his Cabinet ministers for failing to recite the oath of office in full before taking their positions.
  • The court resolved unanimously that it was “not in its authority” to make a ruling on the oath-taking during the cabinet swearing-in ceremony before His Majesty the King.
  • Opposition parties had feared the court review would limit what could be said in parliament, he said.
  • “But now that the court has dismissed the petition, the debate can proceed without restrictions. We’ll be able to scrutinise the matter, and the prime minister now has no excuse to avoid [answering the questions],” he said.
  • Mr Suthin also said the prime minister would have a more difficult time defending himself and would have to take political responsibility over the oath.
  • The opposition chief whip said the issue underlined the need to amend the constitution so that a political act deemed unconstitutional is examined by an independent agency.

External Link : https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-court-rejects-lawsuits-against-premier-prayuts-incomplete-swearing-in

External Link : https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1747844/court-rejects-oath-petition

11-Sep-2019


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