PM offers an apology to his cabinet for his oath-taking blunder

(Photo) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha/Government House

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today apologized to his cabinet colleagues for his “unintentional” omission of some wording in the oath, which his entire cabinet swore in ceremony before His Majesty the King last month, and vowed to take sole responsibility for the blunder.

Addressing a meeting of department heads and governors from across the country, for a briefing on the government’s policy this morning at the Muang Thong Thani government complex, the Prime Minister referred to the controversy, saying that he would have to study the Constitution concerning the issue and would like to apologize to his cabinet ministers “because I have done my best.”

He added that his concern is how to continue and urged the officials to keep working, assuring them that his government is still in the office and is functioning.

Meanwhile, Pheu Thai core member Phumtham Wechayachai in his Facebook post today, urged the Prime Minister to stop making excuses and to take responsibility for violating the Constitution, which he described as a serious matter that cannot be ignored.

He said that the Prime Minister’s simplistic excuses such as “unintentional” or “just let it go” are insufficient and unacceptable.

Phumtham reasoned that swearing an oath is not just a ritual, but a practice to set an example in compliance with the supreme law of the land, which everyone in the country must follow “so the country is regarded as one with the rule of law and will be recognized by the world community.

“I think the person who is a prime minister must realize the importance of this matter and must show responsibility with courage,” said the former Pheu Thai secretary-general.



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