11 July 2024

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asked opposition MPs in Parliament today to make it clear whether they want him to step down or to dissolve the House of Representatives.

Responding to a call from Pheu Thai MP for Chiang Mai, Mr. Chulapant Amornvivat, for him to show responsibility by resigning, the Prime Minister asked opposition MPs whether they know what will happen if he does step down.

He said that, if he resigns, the whole Cabinet will leave the office automatically, in accordance with Section 167 of the Constitution, but he and his Cabinet will stay on, in an acting capacity, until there is a new Cabinet.

Then, he explained, Parliament will elect a new Prime Minister from among the available candidates and the winning candidate must receive half of the votes of the MPs and the Senators.

On the other hand, he told Parliament, if he chooses to dissolve the House, all MPs will lose their parliamentary status and there will be a general election.