18 July 2024

In his first reaction to the ruling by the Constitutional Court which reaffirms his premiership, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha pledged to forge ahead with mega-projects initiated by his government.

In a post on his Facebook page, Prayut welcomed the ruling and thanked his supporters.  “I want to convey my highest regards to the ruling of the Constitutional Court,” he said.

Prayut said the one month during which he was suspended from active duty has given him time to reflect on himself. “It makes me realize that I need to spend the limited precious time that this government has left in following up and pushing all the mega-projects that I have initiated to bring prosperity to the country,” he said.

It was the first direct message from Prayut to the country since the court suspended him from performing his duty as prime minister on August 24 pending its ruling on his term of office.  The court this afternoon concluded that Prayut can continue to complete his tenure which it ruled began in 2017.

He said among his priorities are projects to upgrade the country’s communication and digital infrastructure which he said is crucial to the country’s future.

“These are projects that no previous administrations had undertaken…I initiated them with thorough consideration for the benefit of the people,” he said.

Stressing the importance of these projects to the country’s future, he said: “They are an assurance that Thailand can march toward prosperity and open up an opportunity for millions of people to prosper,” he said.

“We have come a long way and toward the right direction. We need to work together for them to succeed,” he said.