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Activist’s bid to seek charter court ruling on PM’s term in office rejected


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Thailand’s ombudsman has rejected a petition, filed by political activist Srisuwan Janya demanding that the ombudsman seek a ruling from the Constitutional Court over Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s 8-year term in office, on the grounds that it has no authority to do so.

 

The ombudsman decided, at a meeting held yesterday (Wednesday), that the authority to submit the case to the Constitutional Court rests with the Election Commission or members of parliament, who can initiate a petition to the charter court if they have the support of 10% of the MPs, in accordance with Section 170 (paragraph 3) of the Constitution.

 

The ombudsman said that it will formally notify Srisuwan, in writing, of its decision.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/activists-bid-to-seek-charter-court-ruling-on-pms-term-in-office-rejected/

 

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Ombudsman's rejection to petition the Court is consistent with the new 2019 Constitution written by Prayuth and junta supporters.

Such a petition was provided for in the 2007 Constitution.

Apparently the 2014 junta didn't appreciate such independence of The Ombudsman Office to circumvent the Executive Branch (ie., the PM) in filing such court petitions. As a result as I recall The Ombudsman must go through the Office of the PM to request a petition.

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18 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The ombudsman decided, at a meeting held yesterday (Wednesday), that the authority to submit the case to the Constitutional Court rests with the Election Commission or members of parliament, who can initiate a petition to the charter court if they have the support of 10% of the MPs, in accordance with Section 170 (paragraph 3) of the Constitution.

So the ombudsman cannot have any power....

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I wonder if he hangs out with those other tame lapdogs of the junta, the Constitutional Court? We all know they will rule in favour of Goofy getting another 8, 10 or 20 years. The decision is made for them and all they have to do is nod. 

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