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Sudarat to challenge emergency decree in court

Oct 20. 2020
Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan
Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan
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By The Nation

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan has decided to move the court for revoking the state of emergency declared by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Sudarat, a former minister and former chairwoman of Pheu Thai Party's strategic committee, posted on her Facebook page on Tuesday that the premier was “the source of the problem”, by seizing power from the people in a coup and transferring power to the military by writing a charter to support it.

“Other politicians and I have followed the situation with concern and tried to prevent the government from applying their power. We had a discussion yesterday and agreed that we should use the right in the court to protect the protesters,” she said.

Pheu Thai MPs Cholnan Srikaew and Jirayu Houngsub went to the Civil Court to sue the prime minister for declaring a state of emergency, which they deemed unjustified.

Cholnan said that they would demand the court to revoke the two emergency decrees issued on October 15 and 16 and grant protection to the pro-democracy protesters.

Former Democrat MP Watchara Petchthong and former judge Kasem Suphasit also sought legal action against Prayut for what they call "unlawfully implementing the state of emergency".

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