11 July 2024

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha left parliament before the end of the Opposition debate today, to attend a Royal religious ceremony at Dusit Palace, without responding to opposition MPs’ queries about his incomplete oath recital, claiming he has the right not to respond.

Before leaving parliament shortly before 4pm, the Prime Minister told the media that he had already assigned Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm to respond on his behalf.

He said he would not return to parliament today adding that, by the time the ceremony ends at about 9pm, the Opposition debate will have concluded.

Regarding all the recommendations and proposals made by opposition MPs during the course of the debate, the Prime Minister said that they had been accepted and someone has been assigned to provide responses in parliament.

Asked to comment on the Constitutional Court’s ruling today, that the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is not an “other official of the state”, the Prime Minister said he didn’t know about it yet and asked the reporters “Do you believe in the court or respect the court?”

During the Opposition debate, Seri Ruam Thai party leader Seripisut Temiyavet said that, since the charter court did not rule on whether the Prime Minister had completed reciting the oath, it was the responsibility of the Opposition to get the truth from the Prime Minister.

The former police chief said he wondered whether the Prime Minister subconsciously despises democracy and the Constitution and might plot another coup.

Wrapping up his speech, he called on the Prime Minister to quit.