23 May 2024

The Constitutional Court agreed today to grant the embattled Move Forward party another 15-day extension, until June 2nd, to submit its defence against the Election Commission’s call for the court to dissolve the party and to ban its executive committee members from politics for 10 years.

This is the party’s third and final request for an extension.

The court has already ruled the Move Forward party guilty of attempting to overthrow the constitutional monarchy, through its election campaign promise to amend Section 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.

The court did, however, stop short of ordering the dissolution of the party, in accordance with Section 92 of the Political Parties Act, because the complainants, lawyer Theerayut Suwankesorn and Suvit Thongprasert, formerly activist monk Phra Buddha Issara, did not seek the party’s dissolution.