Pheu Thai to seek court ruling on Prayut staying as PM after Aug 24
The opposition Pheu Thai Party will petition the Constitutional Court on Wednesday to rule on whether it is legal for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to stay in power after August 24.
The party had previously threatened to call on the court to issue a verdict stipulating that Prayut’s term would end on August 24, as that is the day he will have reached his eight-year constitutional limit.
Pheu Thai spokeswoman Theerarat Samretwanich said on Sunday that the party is checking all details to ensure the petition covers all aspects.
She believes Prayut’s term will end before August 24 if the court interprets the law fairly. She also called on the general public to monitor the process and see if the court interprets the law fairly.
“If the court is fair, then we are confident that Prayut’s premiership will end before August 24,” she said.
She added that the party will use this method to repel Prayut as soon as possible, as Thailand has only been moving in circles over the past eight years.
Theerarat also pointed out that Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also Palang Pracharath Party leader, is not eligible to become Prayut’s successor under the Constitution.
She said that those who are eligible to take over after Prayut are Chaikasem Nitisiri, Chadchart Sittipunt and Sudarat Keyuraphan from the opposition or Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and Democrat Party’s Abhisit Vejjajiva.