Constitutional Court’s full verdict enrages LGBT community, rights defenders

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled on November 10 that Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code defining marriages as only between men and women is constitutional, following a petition filed…

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Alarming threats to media freedom are threats to everyone’s freedom

For viewers of foreign media, available through Thai cable TV packages, it has become the norm to see unscheduled messages filling the screen and blocking content for several minutes, a…

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Opposition Pheu Thai party to ask Charter Court ruling on Prayut Chan-o-cha’s premiership

The opposition Pheu Thai party will seek a ruling from the Constitutional Court about the premiership of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the incumbent prime minister of Thailand. Pheu Thai party leader…

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Thai Charter court rules that only heterosexual marriages are constitutional

Same-sex marriage in Thailand will have to wait, as the Constitutional Court ruled unanimously today (Wednesday) that Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code, defining marriage as being a…

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2 Bangkok protesters shot, German embassy officials accept rally leaders’ letter

Anti-establishment protest leader Thatchapong Kaedam announced an end of today’s protest at about 7pm (Sunday) after three of their representatives submitted a letter to an official of the German Embassy…

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Suspected hacker of Constitutional Court homepage arrested in Ubon Ratchathani

Police from Thailand’s Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) arrested a man at a house in Warin Chamrab district of the north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani today, for allegedly hacking the…

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Anti-establishment group protests charter court’s ruling in Bangkok

A group of anti-establishment protesters under the umbrella name “Ratsadon” (the people) gathered in front of the Criminal Court in Bangkok on Friday to push their demands for reform of…

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Thai charter court’s website hacked, renamed ‘Kangaroo Court’

Thailand’s Constitutional Court website has been hacked, following yesterday’s reading of its decision that three well-known anti-establishment leaders were attempting to overthrow the constitutional monarchy through their speeches given at…

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Move Forward leader says Charter Court has set risky path for Thailand’s future

Leader of the opposition Move Forward Party, Pita Limjaroenrat, said that the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Wednesday is more than just a judgment, because it has charted “a risky and…

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Charter Court says it rejected protesters’ plea for further enquiry as probe already concluded

Thailand’s Constitutional Court turned down the request, by the three anti-establishment leaders, for the submission of additional oral evidence because it has already completed a year-long investigation under the inquisitorial…

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Call for monarchy reform ruled as an act against constitutional monarchy

Thailand’s Constitutional Court today (Wednesday), ruled that anti-establishment leaders Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, Anon Nampa and Panupong “Mike” Jadnok are guilty of trying to overthrow the country’s constitutional monarchy, stating that…

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Claimant in case against anti-establishment leaders says it’s not personal

Natthaporn Toprayoon, a former advisor to the ombudsman, is seeking a ruling from Thailand’s Constitutional Court on whether public statements, made by leaders of anti-establishment groups concerning the monarchy at…

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Charter Court rules in favour of PPRP’s Paiboon Nititawan

The Constitutional Court ruled today (Wednesday), by a majority, that Paiboon Nititawan, a former MP of the dissolved People  Reform Party and currently an MP and a deputy leader of…

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Judgement day for Paiboon Nititawan, protector of junta-sponsored Constitution

A Constitutional Court ruling due to be issued on Wednesday (Oct 20) holds the key to the political future of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party’s legal expert Paiboon Nititawan, with big impacts…

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court to be petitioned over constitutionality of charter amendments

Thailand’s smaller political parties, most of which have just one seat in the House of Representatives, are set to petition the Constitutional Court this Friday to seek a ruling on…

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court on May 5, 2021.

Controversial Thammanat ruling triggers push to reform Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court’s controversial ruling last week in favour of Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thammanat Prompow has upset many people, including supporters of the government. Thammanat, a key dealmaker…

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Thai ex-convict Deputy Minister spared the axe by Charter Court

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled today (Wednesday) that Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow, who was found guilty of drug trafficking by an Australian court in 1993, can retain his ministerial post…

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Opposition Pheu Thai party seeks Charter Court ruling on PM’s ministerial status

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party has challenged the ministerial legitimacy of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his announcement, in April 2019, extending the concession contract, for another 40 years, of…

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Democrat leader proposes Constitutional Court ruling to end conflict over charter amendments bill

Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit has proposed that parliament seeks a ruling from the Constitutional Court about the validity of the constitutional amendments bill, due for its third-reading and vote,…

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Charter Court drafting ruling about writing of new charter and required referendum

Constitutional Court judges are huddled in an urgent meeting today to discuss the drafting of a common judgment, announced by the court on March 11th, which, in essence, rules that…

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Court ruling opens Pandora’s box for charter-change process

The Constitutional Court ruling on charter amendment has triggered a new round of debate on whether the ongoing parliamentary process to change the supreme law can continue or if it…

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Charter Court requires referendum prior to drafting of new constitution

The Constitutional Court today ruled that Parliament is constitutionally empowered to draft a new constitution but that a referendum needs to be held to get prior public consent. The much-awaited…

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Thai Charter Court to rule on constitutionality of charter amendments bill on Thursday

Thailand’s Constitutional Court is scheduled to deliver its ruling on the constitutionality of a charter amendments bill on Thursday, which seeks to amend Section 256 of the Constitution to allow…

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Embattled Thai protest movement awaits new “sparks”

March has been a bad month for the anti-establishment network, so far at least. Its public support has continued to decline, the royal portrait burning incident has planted more doubts…

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Opposition targets PM and six ministers for probes by NACC and Constitutional Court

The opposition will ask Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Constitutional Court to investigate the conduct of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-cha and six cabinet ministers, in the aftermath of…

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Parliament to deliberate charter changes while Constitutional Court ruling is pending

The Thai parliament will press ahead with deliberation ofcharter amendment bills for their second reading, scheduled for February 24th and 25th, without waiting for a ruling from the Constitutional Court,…

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Charter Court strips Democrat Thepthai Senpong of parliamentary status

The former democrat MP for Thailand’s Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thepthai Senpong, was retroactively stripped of his parliamentary status, effective from September 16th last year, by the Constitutional Court on…

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Thai Charter Court files police complaint against protest leaders for allegedly insulting the court

A complaint was lodged with the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) by Thailand’s Constitutional Court today against protest leader Parit Chiwarak, aka “Penguin”, and other core members of the Ratsadon…

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Charter Court finds Prayut not guilty of ethics breaches

The Constitutional Court has dismissed charges of ethics breaches and conflict of interests against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in connection with his continued stay at a property owned by the…

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Constitutional Court judges begin deliberation of PM’s case

A panel Constitutional Court judges convened at about 10am this morning, to deliberate over the case in which Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is accused, by the opposition Pheu Thai Party,…

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Maximum security for PM’s judgement day at Thailand’s Constitutional Court

Maximum security will be in place at Thailand’s Constitutional Court tomorrow (Wednesday) as the court is due to deliver its ruling on the fate of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who…

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Charter Court rules House or Senate committee cannot compel people to testify or submit documents

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled unanimously that the law, which empowers House and Senate committees to summon individuals to testify, demand documents pertaining to their investigations and which makes violations…

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Democrat MP Theptai Seanapong suspended from parliamentary duty

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has suspended Democrat MP Theptai Seanapong from performing his duty as an MP, pending its ruling on his parliamentary status. The Nakhon Si Thammarat MP, and his…

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Charter Court to consider Thammanat Prompao’s political status

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has accepted for consideration a petition, filed by a group of opposition MPs, challenging the parliamentary status and ministerial post of Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao. The…

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After the Verdict: Where do we go from here?

Opinion The Constitutional Court’s verdict to dissolve the Future Forward Party (FFP) and ban 16 party executives from politics for 10 years on February 21, 2020 sends a shock wave…

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Why the judges did not read the ruling on budget bill from the bench

A former election commissioner has addressed about why the nine Constitutional Court judges did not read from the bench the full text of their ruling on the legality Government’s budget…

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Constitutional Court ruling on budget bill challenged

Former Pheu Thai MP Wattana Muangsook has challenged the legitimacy of Friday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court, which states that the 3.2 trillion baht budget bill for the 2020 fiscal…

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House to debate budget bill again on Feb 13th after Constitutional Court ruling

The House of Representatives is scheduled to convene on February 13th to consider the 3.2 trillion baht budget bill for second and third readings, after the Constitutional Court ruled today…

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Justice Minister says he is at loss for a next step if budget bill is nullified by court

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said today that he was totally at loss about what to do if the budget bill for the 2020 fiscal year is declared null and void…

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Government considers Plan B due to delays of budget disbursement

The Thai government’s economic team has been tasked, by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, to work out a Plan B in case the already late disbursement of the fiscal budget is…

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90 Government MPs seek Constitutional Court ruling on legality of budget bill

Ninety government MPs have signed a letter, addressed to parliament president Chuan Leekpai, requesting that the Constitutional Court rule on the legality of the budget bill for the 2020 fiscal…

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Proxy voting puts 2020 budget bill at risk

Proxy voting by Bhumjaithai MPs, during the recent debate on the Government’s 2020 budget bill, is threatening to render the bill null and void or, at least, to delay the…

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Thanathorn invites supporters to his “final” political rally at Thammasat U on Saturday

Embattled Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has invited his supporters and members of the public to attend the party’s political gathering at the Rangsit campus of Thammasat University tomorrow…

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Thanathorn says he is not concerned that his party may be dissolved

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said today (Wednesday) that he is not worried about the prospect of his party being disbanded by the Constitutional Court “because the Future Forward…

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Future Forward’s call for inquiry into “Illuminati Case” rejected by charter court

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has rejected the Future Forward party’s petition for an inquiry to be held into a sedition charge against the party, also known as the “Illuminati Case”. The…

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EC to ask charter court to dissolve Future Forward party

The Election Commission (EC) today resolved by a majority to ask the Constitutional Court to dissolve the Future Forward party for receiving a 191.2 million baht loan from party leader…

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Thanathorn says charter court’s ruling against him based on assumption not fact

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has questioned the Constitutional Court’s judgement against him, pointing out that it was based on assumptions rather than on facts. Unlike the other cases…

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Charter court asked to rule on House committee powers to summon people for questioning

The Constitutional Court has been asked to rule whether House or Senate standing committees have the authority to formally summon a person for questioning or to demand documents in the…

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Thanathorn asks judges if they want Thailand trapped in cycle of coups and civilian rule

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has asked Constitution Court judges if they want to see Thailand trapped in a vicious cycle of civilian government and military rule, or to…

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Charter court rules Pheu Thai’s Nawat disqualified as MP

Convicted Pheu Thai MP for Khon Kaen province Nawat Tohcharoensook lost his parliamentary status on October 16th, when he was suspended by the Constitutional Court from performing his duty as…

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Charter court opens inquiry into Thanathorn’s alleged media ownership

The Constitutional Court today (Friday) opened its inquiry into Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s media shareholding case. Thanathorn and nine other defence witnesses are lined up to be questioned…

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Charter Court rules General Prayut’s premiership legal because he is not an ‘other state official’

General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s premiership is legal under Sections 160 (6) and 98 (15) of the Constitution after the nine-member Constitution Court ruled that he is not an “other state official”…

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Charter Court suspends Pheu Thai MP Nawat from parliamentary duties

Convicted Pheu Thai MP Nawat Tohcharoensook has been suspended from performing duties as a member of parliament by the Constitutional Court, pending a ruling on his parliamentary status. The Constitutional…

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Only charter court is authorized to rule on convicted Khon Kaen MP’s status

The Constitutional Court is the sole authority to decide whether Pheu Thai MP for Khon Kaen province, Mr. Nawath Tohcharoensook, has lost his MP status after he was sent to…

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Charter court shoots down two petitions related to PM’s incomplete oath recital

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has unanimously rejected two petitions challenging the constitutionality of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s incomplete recital of his oath of office on July 16. One was submitted by…

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Charter court judge assures nation of court’s impartiality

A Constitutional Court judge has assured the public that the court will hand down penalties for contempt of court only when it is necessary, either for the benefit of the…

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Charter Court to rule on Prayut’s prime ministerial appointment on Sept 18

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…

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Ombudsmen to seek Constitutional Court ruling on PM’s oath issue

The Ombudsmen decided unanimously today (Tuesday) to ask the Constitutional Court to rule whether Prime Minister’s incomplete recital of the oath during the swearing-in ceremony on July 16th is unconstitutional….

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Charter Court judge assures everyone of the court’s impartiality

The Constitutional Court will exercise caution and only when necessary will it hold an individual in contempt, said Constitution Court Judge Panya Udchachon today (Sunday). He added that the decision…

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Future Forward wants Charter Court to lift Thanathorn’s suspension order 

The Future Forward party has asked the Constitutional Court to rescind its order suspending its leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, from performing his duty as an MP and that the court proceedings…

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Charter court accepts media share cases of 32 pro-government MPs

The Constitutional Court today agreed to accept for consideration the cases of 32 pro-government MPs accused by the opposition Future Forward party of owning or holding shares in media companies…

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Opposition wants Constitutional Court to rule on PM’s qualifications

Opposition parties are challenging the qualifications of General Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister, citing his status as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) which, they claim,…

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Constitutional Court reminded to use the same standard with 41 government MPs accused of holding media shares

Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has reminded the Constitutional Court to apply the same standard, used against his party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and two opposition candidates, to the 41 pro-government…

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Palang Pracharat prepares defence for 27 MPs accused of owning media shares

The Palang Pracharat party has appointed a party member to gather evidence from the party’s 27 MPs for use in their defence in the Constitutional Court against the accusations, from…

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Defiant Thanathorn rejects court order, vows to pursue prime minister’s post

A defiant Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit announced Thursday night that he disagreed with the Constitutional Court’s order to suspend his parliamentary membership and vowed to press ahead with his pursuit of the…

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Charter Court suspends Thanathorn from performing duties as an MP

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongkit’s promising political career came to a sudden halt today when the Constitutional Court suspended his role as a member of parliament pending a final…

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Charter court decides today if it will accept Thanathorn’s share ownership case

Thailand’s Constitutional Court is today scheduled to consider whether to accept the Election Commission’s (EC) petition for the court to rule on the qualifications of Future Forward party leader Thanathorn…

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EC seeks Charter Court ruling on Thanathorn’s alleged media share holding

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s fate now rests with the Constitutional Court, which will decide whether he is qualified to retain his parliamentary membership, following an EC probe into…

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Charter Court says party-list seat election law calculation constitutional

The Constitutional Court has ruled unanimously that Article 128 of the MP Election Act, regarding the calculation of the 150 party-list seat allocation, is constitutional as it does not conflict with Article 91 of the…

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Charter court to decide on legitimacy of senator selection committee  

The Constitutional Court is expected to decide tomorrow whether to accept the ombudsman’s petition challenging the constitutionality of the committee tasked withselecting senators. The petition, which was submitted to the Office of the Constitutional Court on May 3rd, was in response to…

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Charter Court to rule on constitutionality of party-list seat sharing rules

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has agreed to accept for consideration a petition, sent through the ombudsmen by former Thai Raksa Chart candidate Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, to determine whether the rule on party-list…

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Charter Court rejects EC’s request for ruling on party-list seat calculation

The Constitutional Court has rejected the Election Commission’s request for it to rule on the formula to be used to calculate the allocation of 150 party-least seats among parties contesting…

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Constitutional Court security tightened ahead of Thai Raksa Chart verdict

Security has been tightened in and around the Constitutional Court building in anticipation of a big turnout Thursday when the court is due to deliver its verdict on the fate…

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Charter Court to begin deliberating Thai Raksa Chart’s fate today

The Constitutional Court will today begin the process of deliberating the Election Commission’s request for it to consider dissolving the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart Party for its nomination of Princess…

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Thai Raksa Chart’s defence claims it was Princess’s wish to be its PM candidate

The pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party submitted its written defence to the Constitutional Court today against the Election Commission’s ruling that the party committed hostile acts against democracy under the…

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Constitutional Court accepts EC’s ruling to dissolve Thai Raksa Chart for consideration

The Constitutional Court has voted unanimously to accept for consideration the Election Commission’s ruling that the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party be disbanded over its nomination of Princess Ubolratana as…

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Election Commission officially rejects Thai Raksa Chart’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana for PM

Thailand’s Election Commission has rejected the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana as its sole candidate for the post-election prime minister. The commission also considered the demand…

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Activist Srisuwan to move for the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party

Constitution Protection Association Secretary-general Srisuwan Janya vowed today (Sunday) that, tomorrow, he will ask the Election Commission to review the pro-Thaksin Thaki Raksa Chart party’s controversial nomination of its prime…

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3 ministers in hot water after Constitutional Court asked to rule on their qualifications

The Election Commission has faulted three cabinet members and former Prime Minister’s Office Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul for holding shares in companies granted business concessions by state agencies in violation…

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FM Don cleared of constitutional violation by Constitutional Court

Don Pramudwinai’s post as the foreign minister is intact after the Constitutional Court on Wednesday found him not guilty of violating a provision of the charter regarding his wife’s shareholding…

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Constitutional Court rules FM Don can stay on his job pending verdict

The Constitutional Court has ruled that Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai can continue to perform his duty pending the court’s verdict on his qualification. The court said there was no justification…

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