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Srettha Thavisin. FIle photo courtesy: Wikipedia

 

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has tested positive for Covid-19 and is advised to rest until next Wednesday, June 19. The Prime Minister's Office confirmed the diagnosis late last night, revealing that Srettha has been feeling unwell since Friday, June 14.

 

Health Concerns and Precautions

 

According to Chai Watcharong, the spokesperson for the Prime Minister's Office, Srettha consulted a doctor who confirmed the Covid-19 infection. The physician has recommended he rest and isolate to prevent further spread of the virus. Srettha expressed regret over any possible exposure to those he has met and urged them to undergo testing if they exhibit symptoms.

 

Upcoming Constitutional Court Ruling

 

Coincidentally, the Prime Minister faces a crucial court ruling on Tuesday, June 18, regarding an impeachment lawsuit filed by 40 senators. The Constitutional Court might order his suspension, which could prevent him from addressing the House of Representatives on the 3.75 trillion baht 2025 budget legislation scheduled for the following Wednesday.

 

Potential Interim Leadership

 

Deputy Prime Minister Phumtham Wechayachai may serve as acting prime minister if the court orders Srettha's suspension. Known as a close associate of Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra, Phumtham may also have to address the House on the 2025 budget bill if Srettha remains indisposed.

 

Allegations of Constitutional Violations

 

The impeachment case alleges that Srettha violated the constitution and ethical standards by appointing Pichit Chuenban, a former lawyer for Thaksin, as a minister. Chuenban, sentenced to jail in the past for attempted bribery and contempt of court, has since resigned under pressure.

 

Additional Legal Battles on the Horizon

 

The Constitutional Court is also deliberating two other significant cases on June 18. One involves the potential dissolution of the Move Forward party for allegedly undermining national rule by advocating changes to the lese majeste law, Section 112 of the Criminal Code. The other case questions the constitutionality of the triple-tiered election of 200 senators nationwide.

 

These legal battles highlight a critical period for Thailand's political landscape, with the outcomes likely to have significant ramifications.

 

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-- 2024-06-17

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Coincidentally

 

coincidentally in 2024 we have something called zoom. perfect for these sort of mishaps and unfortunate events. 

 

these men are beyond stupid. the day after ? really ? what a total chump. 

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2 hours ago, redwood1 said:

Boy Thai politicians have perfect timing for getting sick, any time they have a court date....

Did he test positive for having a small brain too!!!!5555😏😏😏😏🤣😂🤣😂

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Another soap opera in the making or does the PM get the "fast track" Covid version? Remember something of milking arriving foreigners for six digits amounts getting locked into hotels with extremely lousy food some time ago. Or was that North Korea and not Thailand? 

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3 hours ago, DPKANKAN said:

Did he test positive for having a small brain too!!!!5555😏😏😏😏🤣😂🤣😂

Eeeeer, small brain, can you tell us why he is a lot richer than you, is your brain even smaller...........🤭

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1 hour ago, transam said:

Eeeeer, small brain, can you tell us why he is a lot richer than you, is your brain even smaller...........🤭

No. I was an honest businessman. Not a corrupt 'un'civil servant!! Som Nam Naah!!

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