Doubling down on double standards I

1 10 2018

Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs Wissanu Krea-ngam has done more than most in supporting the destruction of rule of law in Thailand. He prefers rule by (junta) law and blatant double standards.

In at recent report, he “has confirmed that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha [The Dictator] is not obligated to step down as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) [the military junta].” He reportedly claimed that “Gen Prayut doesn’t have to resign as NCPO chief whether he wishes to join a political party or decides to run in the forthcoming election.”

We don’t know that Wissanu was quoted accurately. If he was, then he seems to be ignoring the identical provisions of Sections 264 and 265 of the 2017 constitution which state, referring to the Council of Ministers and the NCPO:

The provisions in section 263 paragraph seven shall also apply to an application to stand as a candidate in an election of a Member of the House of Representatives of a person holding office in the National Council for Peace and Order mutatis mutandis.

Section 263 paragraph 7 states:

In the first general election subsequent to the date of the promulgation of this Constitution, a Member of the National Legislative Assembly may not stand as a candidate for a Member of the House of Representatives, except by vacating office of the Member of the National Legislative Assembly within ninety days from the date of promulgation of this Constitution.

We would guess – we are not legal “experts” like Wissanu – that this rules out The Dictator from standing for election in the first election, whenever it is held. That would seem to apply to all ministers and members of the junta.


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2 10 2018
Doubling down on double standards III | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] junta legal manipulator Wissanu Krea-ngam seemed less sure than he was and “suggested the four ministers should tread carefully and avoid any actions that could be […]

2 10 2018
Doubling down on double standards III | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] junta legal manipulator Wissanu Krea-ngam seemed less sure than he was and “suggested the four ministers should tread carefully and avoid any actions that could be […]