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Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, left, shaking hands with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner before the Italy's Emilia Romagna Formula One Grand Prix race at the Dino and Enzo Ferrari racetrack in Imola, Italy, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, Pool)

 

In a dramatic turn of events, the Constitutional Court is set to rule on a petition seeking the impeachment of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and Prime Minister's Office Minister Pichit Chuenban this Thursday. The move follows accusations of constitutional violations and breaches of political ethics.

 

The petition, filed by 40 senators, claims Srettha violated the constitution by appointing Pichit, previously jailed for contempt of court, as a minister. If the court accepts the petition, both Srettha and Pichit will be suspended from their duties until the court reaches a final verdict.

 

Pichit maintains that his prior imprisonment was due to a court order—not a verdict—and should not disqualify him from holding a ministerial position. He argues that the legal distinction between a court order and a verdict remains crucial for his eligibility.

 

The senators initiating the impeachment effort argue that appointing Pichit, who has a controversial history of attempted bribery, is ethically inappropriate. Pichit was previously accused of trying to bribe Supreme Court officials with two million baht, hidden in food bags, in 2008 while defending high-profile figures like Thaksin Shinawatra and Yingluck Shinawatra.

 

 

This impeachment bid takes place against a backdrop of political intrigue. Thaksin, a deposed prime minister and significant figure within the Pheu Thai Party, allegedly supported Pichit's ministerial appointment as a favour after helping form a Pheu Thai-led cabinet following last year's elections. The current prime minister of Thailand, Srettha, reportedly received a mandate through backing from senators allied with former army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha.

 

As the nation waits for the court's decision, the political landscape remains tense. Additionally, the Office of the Attorney-General is set to decide on May 29 whether to prosecute Thaksin for lese majeste, adding further complexity to the situation.

 

Whether or not the court moves forward with the impeachment, this decision will undoubtedly have significant implications for the country's political future. The nation watches as Thursday approaches, anticipating a landmark ruling.

 

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-- 2024-05-20

 

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2 hours ago, GrungthepGringo said:

Hub of political instability. 
Hub of political upheavals. 
Hub of political corruption. 

Hub of fake democracy. 
Hub of unelected rulers. 
 

 

 

You should realise by now, it's the hub of hubs. 

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44 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

In principle it is a good idea to get rid of Thaksin's lackey. But beware of what could happen next.

 

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Gracious me, you might end up with a lumpy jumper in charge!

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3 hours ago, Tropicalevo said:

(extract from BBC report 06/05/21)

If 'other state' convictions do not count, why do many tourists/expats have to provide police records in order to obtain a visa.

Because we are not worthy...

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13 hours ago, dinsdale said:

Srettha, reportedly received a mandate through backing from senators allied with former army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Of course the true mandate to govern was with the legitimate winners of the general election and that wasn't the PTP.

you knew eventually, Thaksin would get his daughter in place.  Consider this: by the time it gets sorted out, Thaksin should have HIS senate in place. Then he will have the stability and not have to worry about anything he proposes getting vetoed in the senate.

 

The question is how long the military will wait.  I am sensing tht if MFP gets done like they want, the PTP gets another Shin as leader ( could be hard with the other parties not being in love with her or him.

Then, the military will shut down the treaty they have, remove their support, and put the country into another election before MFP can get established.

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