Thailand: Constitution Court to mull PM Prayuth’s status as Premier

  • The constitutional court has accepted a petition forwarded from the House Speaker that was initiated by 110 opposition MPs to evaluate PM Prayuth’s eligibility to be a Premier – in view of his previous status as a state official that should have barred him from running for the Premiership. However, the court stopped short of suspending the PM due to the lack of supporting evidence.
  • Charter court judges also voted 5:4 to accept a petition filed by lawyer Natthaporn Toprayoon, accusing Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, his party and executives of trying to end the constitutional monarchy.
  • Mr Natthaporn told the court that the way the party regulations are written says it supports “constitutional democracy”, which could mean it actually supports systems other than a “constitutional monarchy”.

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