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Thailand’s Constitutional Court has reinstated Prayut Chan-o-cha as Prime Minister of Thailand. The court ruled this afternoon that Prayut has not yet hit the eight-year constitutional limit set for his role. The court ruled that Prayut became Prime Minister on April 6, 2017, when the H.M. the King ratified a new military-drafted constitution. Therefore, PM Prayut can resume his position as Prime Minister right away. PM Prayut is eligible to run in Thailand’s next general election. If he is voted to keep his position as PM, it remains unclear exactly how much longer he will remain in office. The court’s […]

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This was a foolish, foolish move by the PTB.

There was a reasonable 'out' for getting rid of Prayut and by not taking it, it'll just enrage the opposition and the students. A better, more subtler move would have been to give him the boot gracefully, kick him 'upstairs', and then install their choice as a new PM heading into an election, looking for a mandate. Now, he and all other Royalist/Establishment parties and candidates are going to have to answer for the last eight years, and there aren't good answers

Further, the credibility of the courts are going to take another serious hit, when they could have ruled against him and regained a smidgen of respect and credibility. Bad move and a missed opportunity.

Finally, Thailand has a very serious lack of respected Institutions, and that denotes political instability and likely some violence. If/when the Courts, the Executive, and the Legislature are all seen as wanting, what remains? The NACC? (that is a joke, BTW). When (not if) disputes arise from now on, who will adjudicate them in a manner accepted by all? If there is no respected voice, then given Thailand's history, it'll be decided on the street.

The numbers 1-9-9-2 are reverberating in my mind, again. All people should be careful walking on the streets of Bangkok and be prepared to 'leg it' on short notice.

Sad, sad times for the country. I like Thai people very much and they deserve better.

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I guess that's depleted his bank account a little bit with the brown envelopes he's had to dish out, just goes to show what a sham everything is in Thailand, next best hope is that there is a general election and the Thai people get to decide but then again that may be postponed for some BS excuse.

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5 hours ago, Thaiger said:

it remains unclear exactly how much longer he will remain in office.

 

5 hours ago, Thaiger said:

Prayut became Prime Minister on April 6, 2017, when the H.M. the King ratified a new military-drafted constitution.

By their own ruling he must vacate the position 8 years after assuming the position, so why is there confusion as to "how much longer he will remain"

Basic mathematics say he must vacate the position April 5, 2025 or be in breach of the constitution.  So do we now have a date for the proposed next military coup?

 

(coup for those that struggle with English as a 2nd or 3rd language)
[kuː]
 
NOUN
  1. a sudden, violent, and unlawful seizure of power from a government:
    "he was overthrown in an army coup"
    synonyms:
    seizure of power · coup d'état · overthrow · takeover · ousting · 
     
    Lot of words in there that Pnut is comfortable with: Sudden, violent and unlawful seizure of power. Did it once, can do again.
    Hopefully his ego and over confidence will be his downfall. 

 

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No hope.No future. I feel very sorry for the Thais. For us: a  good laugh first thing in the morning. E.g. "I will tell the army to grow coriander" when asked what he is going to do about the high prices for vegetables. 

Now it is time to study Buddhism 🤣.

 

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The Constitutional Court removed Yingluck Shinawatra from the role of Prime Minister in May 2014.

The same Court now confirms that General Prayut Chan-o-cha became Prime Minister in April 2017.

Can this Court explain who was the Prime Minister of Thailand from May 2014 to April 2017?

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All I can say is my family is so so pissed off and upset, but they also knew and say everyone new this already from who put him in  ....

Let's call this Black Friday. The Thai people lose again to the ......... Our world is a total disgrace as usual. Nothing changes. 

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5 hours ago, BillO said:

Where’s that feather to knock me over with! Lol Got to love the nonsense of political theater! 

Not at all surprised and I said from day 1 that because he was voted out by 5/4 he’d be back because this is Thailand and it’s very easy to provide encouragement to change your vote. He should do the right thing step down  both because of the turmoil he’s going to create by remaining in power and the damage his lust to stay on is going to do to his political party and those associated with him. 

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11 hours ago, palooka said:

By their own ruling he must vacate the position 8 years after assuming the position, so why is there confusion as to "how much longer he will remain"

Basic mathematics say he must vacate the position April 5, 2025 or be in breach of the constitution.  So do we now have a date for the proposed next military coup?

(coup for those that struggle with English as a 2nd or 3rd language)
[kuː]
 
NOUN
  1. a sudden, violent, and unlawful seizure of power from a government:
    "he was overthrown in an army coup"
    synonyms:
    seizure of power · coup d'état · overthrow · takeover · ousting · 
     
    Lot of words in there that Pnut is comfortable with: Sudden, violent and unlawful seizure of power. Did it once, can do again.
    Hopefully his ego and over confidence will be his downfall. 

They won't need a coup the majority of the senate is hand picked generals that decide who will be pm unless some other general gets pissed off at the current generals in charge 

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Police deployed 300 personnel around the court in preparation for instant protests from anti-government groups.

So obviously the PM is ready for the confrontation that everybody knows now will come. The political message is very clear. He is not going anywhere regardless, and knows and waits for the chaos that will come and he will show to the most conservative Thais (less and less) who do not want any change that he is the man that can crush people "creating the chaos" in Thailand. A classic political move to stay in power. But maybe this time it will not work and he will be pushed out a not so peaceful way. Either way, it is going to be tough the next few months for activists and protesters in Thailand. Good luck.

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It is terribly sad to see that almost every comment on this topic mentioned that this was a forgone conclusion and/or that bribery was involved.

I don't dispute these allegations at all, but it is so sad that this behaviour is entrenched in the society of such a beautiful place that is filled with such beautiful people.  

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The man seized power at the end of a gun, selected the members of the upper senate, selects those who will become judges, was there really any chance he wouldn't remain in power.

The next elections give Thailand a chance to break with the old and bring in the new maybe.

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14 hours ago, PQBC said:

The Constitutional Court removed Yingluck Shinawatra from the role of Prime Minister in May 2014.

The same Court now confirms that General Prayut Chan-o-cha became Prime Minister in April 2017.

Can this Court explain who was the Prime Minister of Thailand from May 2014 to April 2017?

Prayut was PM in that 3 years, it just doesn't count because his favourites in court ruled that his time didn't start until the new constitution came in (in 2017). People are now asking how long he will remain as PM. That's easy; just wait until the new constitution is written and approved by His Majesty, and the clock starts all over again. One can only hope that some miracle occurs and the entire junta is somehow voted out of office.

Of course, that only means there will be another coup to usurp the 'criminally corrupt government', but who knows...

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2 hours ago, gazmo16 said:

The man seized power at the end of a gun, selected the members of the upper senate, selects those who will become judges, was there really any chance he wouldn't remain in power.

The next elections give Thailand a chance to break with the old and bring in the new maybe.

Good luck with that. Do you really think that a bunch of genteel-looking thugs are going to give up the soft and lucrative lifestyle just because of a VOTE?

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