11 July 2024

The Constitutional Court is set to rule on the premiership appointment of General Prayut Chan-o-cha on September 18th.

Constitutional Court judges today (Tuesday) discussed, at length, the Opposition’s petition challenging the eligibility of General Prayuth to assume the post of Prime Minister, citing his former status as the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) which, they claim, is a state official.

According to Sections 160 (6) and Section 98 (15) of the Constitution, a state official is not eligible to assume a ministerial post. General Prayut was still the NCPO chief when he was elected prime minister of the post-election government by a majority in parliament.

Informed court sources said that, at the meeting, the judges concurred that the issue at stake was legalistic and, hence, there was no need for a fact-finding probe.

The judges agreed to meet on the afternoon of September 18th to rule on the issue.