The end of the Srithanonchai era

Thai Rath Edition

15 Aug 2022 05:39





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The issue of "8 years" has become a hot political debate.

reflect the conflict

Between authoritarian and democratic groups, different interpretations of the law arise.

Some have interpreted that Article 158 of the Constitution, which prohibits the Prime Minister from holding office for more than 8 years, could be interpreted as 8 years, 10 years, or 13 years, requiring the Constitutional Court to decide.

some scholars

Interpret that the provisions prohibiting being Prime Minister for more than 8 years must be linked to other sections as well

that is, the prime minister was forbidden.

Must be from a person approved by the House of Representatives under section 159 and must be appointed by the President of the House of Representatives to countersign the Royal Command.

therefore interpreted as

General Prayut Chan-o-cha is not prime minister.

According to the transitional provisions, Section 264, which states that the Council of Ministers that administers the country

Was before the promulgation of the 2017 Constitution to be Prime Minister under the 2017 Constitution because Gen. Prayut was not approved by the House of Representatives.

When he was appointed Prime Minister on August 24, 2014

Gen. Prayut, therefore, is not Prime Minister for 8 years, having to leave office on August 23, because Gen. Prayut has just received a royal order to be appointed on June 9. It will be 8 years on that day. On June 8, 2027, since 2014, it will be 13 years, but this interpretation leaves Thailand vacant for many years by the government.

This means that there is no right Prime Minister.

From August 24, 2014 to June 8, 2019, a total of almost 5 years, because no one has been appointed with the approval of the House of Representatives.

Has the NCPO's five-year rule of the country become in vain? Even on June 9, 2019, it is not purely the consensus of the MPs.

But there are still senators to approve.

Is this against Article 159? All parties agree that the most important intentions.

of a ban on being prime minister for more than 8 years to prevent a long-standing monopoly of power

clear example

The former President of the Philippines, Marcos, is prohibited by the constitution for more than 8 years, thus tearing it down, leaving power for 21 years.

Marcos was revolted by the people.

The expulsion had to flee to the United States.

Another former dictator with Marcos problems is Park Jung-hee of South Korea.

had to amend the constitution to last up to 19 years, leading to being assassinated

Because the constitution interprets itself as Sri Thanonchai, not straight forward, I hope that this kind of tragedy will not happen in Thailand.