By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha might probably stay on as head of government for several months after next week pending a ruling by the Constitutional Court over his contentious eight-year tenure, said a veteran lawmaker today (August 16).
Deputy Sarng Anakhot Thai party leader Nipit Intharasombat posted on his Facebook page saying Prayut could possibly be allowed by the Constitutional Court to continue to perform as prime minister though his eight-year tenure maximumly provided by law is allegedly ending on the upcoming August 24 as concluded by academics, opposition legislators and critics of the unelected premier.
That date in August of 2014 marked the event in which Prayut became head of a military-installed government following a coup which he himself orchestrated as army chief three months earlier that year.
The Constitutional Court, many judges of which were handpicked by the coup junta, might possibly keep Prayut intact from the mounting pressure over the eight-year limit to his premiership pending a ruling which will very likely be a time-consuming process and might probably not be delivered until the next three to four months, according to Nipit.
The former MP said the court could possibly make a remark attached to its ruling statement to the extent that Prayut be legally immune to possible power-abusing charges for his continuing to run the country after August 24.
Just a few days ahead of a date on which the court ruling may be largely expected, Prayut could probably dissolve the House of Representatives, thus immediately rendering the opportunity for the court to declare the case closed, given the event in which the defendant has practically deprived himself of the premiership and chosen to become head of a caretaker government until a post-election one has been set up, Nipit said.
That Prayut could possibly continue to run the country after he has dissolved the House and called a general election anytime in foreseeable future will by no means be legally construed as part of his contentious tenure of premiership.
Besides, the deputy Sarng Anakhot Thai leader concluded, Prayut might possibly be promoted by any party contesting the next race to parliament as a prime candidate for head of a post-election government.
Those academics and lawmakers have cited the current constitution as stipulating that one’s tenure of premiership may have started from the year in which he or she was originally named head of government either in consecutive or non-consecutive fashion and either before, during or after the year in which the charter may have been promulgated.
But pro-Prayut lawmakers and others have contended that the unelected premier’s eight-year tenure may only have begun in 2017, the year in which the constitution was promulgated with lasting effect for that matter or even in 2019, the year in which he was named head of the Palang Pracharath-led coalition government following a previous general election.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Sanook.com
Front Page: Sarng Anakhot Thai party deputy leader Nipit Intharasombat. Photo: Matichon