Thailand: Prayut awaits charter court ruling on his living in army residence

  • Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha remains tight-lipped on the approaching ruling by the Constitutional Court on an opposition challenge to his continuing to live in an army house – a decision which could jeopardise his premiership.
  • The decision is scheduled for 2 Dec 20, but the prime minister refuses to be drawn on the issue
  • “I am leaving that to the court,” Gen Prayut said on 10 Nov 20 when asked about it.
  • The prime minister and his family reside in a house at the 1st Infantry Regiment, King’s Guard, although he is no longer a member of the army’s top brass, having retired after ending his career as army chief.
  • His use of the army residence was heavily criticised by the opposition bloc during the no-confidence debate in Feb 20. Pheu Thai Party leader Sompong Amornvivat later asked the court to rule on the constitutional legality of the prime minister continuing to stay there. He also has an official residence.

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