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Constitutional Court Gives MFP 15 More Days to Defend Dissolution Petition


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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Constitutional Court of Thailand has granted the Move Forward Party (MFP) a 15-day extension to prepare its defense in the party dissolution case. 

 

The extension was granted upon the party's request for more time to compile necessary documents after the Election Commission (EC) recommended the dissolution under allegations of actions compromising the constitutional monarchy regime.

 

The case, scheduled for hearing on April 3rd, stems from accusations that the MFP sought changes to the lese majesté law, which the court previously ruled could undermine the constitutional monarchy. Originally, the party was to submit its defense by Wednesday, but the court has now set a new deadline of May 3rd.

 

MFP members remain optimistic about their chances of defending the party successfully against dissolution. In the event the party is dissolved, plans are in place to continue its political activities under a new name and identity, ensuring the movement’s survival.

 

This development marks a significant moment in Thai politics, as it highlights ongoing tensions between progressive elements and traditional structures within the country.

 

By Naark Rojanasuvan

 

Source: NNT 2024-04-19

 

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1 hour ago, bradiston said:

It's not a constitutional issue.

It's a constitutional crisis.

The power to legislate (pass, amend and revoke laws of the nation) is actually granted specifically by the constitution under the clauses in the constitution whereby the sovereignty of the nation belongs to the Thai people. Not to any one person.

This means no one person is above the law except for which one might be expressly given under a constitution and actual practice.

A somewhat relatable example can be found in "How the Queen's constitutional role shifted over her reign," by Vernon Bogdanor, Sept. 9, 2022 

https://theguardian.com/uk-news/

 

 

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1 hour ago, Srikcir said:

It's a constitutional crisis.

The power to legislate (pass, amend and revoke laws of the nation) is actually granted specifically by the constitution under the clauses in the constitution whereby the sovereignty of the nation belongs to the Thai people. Not to any one person.

This means no one person is above the law except for which one might be expressly given under a constitution and actual practice.

A somewhat relatable example can be found in "How the Queen's constitutional role shifted over her reign," by Vernon Bogdanor, Sept. 9, 2022 

https://theguardian.com/uk-news/

 

 

The power to legislate rests with parliament. End of. Any proposed amendments to any section of Thai law are quite permissible. They could never, and should never, be seen as an attempt to overthrow the state. It's a complete mockery of the justice, legal and parliamentary systems. The CC doesn't have the power to issue such a damning and damaging verdict. Full stop. MFP are guilty of nothing. No case to answer. Case dismissed.

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The 112 law is indefensible, what they proposed was rational and right, only a matter of time before the country is dragged into the modern era. The people voted for changing it.

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