PM not an official claim officials who are officials

14 03 2019

State officials and junta appointees are becoming impossible to fathom as they concoct decisions that assist The Dictator in his efforts to be premier after the junta’s rigged election.

The latest remarkable decision is reported by Khaosod:

Though [Gen] Prayuth [Chan-ocha] travels the world representing Thailand and meeting heads of state, the state ombudsman today ruled that the prime minister is, in fact, not a government official. The Ombudsman Office’s unanimous ruling therefore meant the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party did not violate regulations by nominating Prayuth to be its candidate.

So astonishing was this for PTT that we wondered if Khaosod had mis-translated the ruling. But no, a check of Khaosod’s Thai reporting and its references to articles of the constitution show that the reporting is accurate.

To support its decision, the Ombudsman’s Secretary-General “explained” that:

being a government official requires four characteristics: being legally elected, possessing active law enforcement authority, being under the state, and receiving regular payment.

The office determined Prayuth didn’t meet two of the criteria as he wasn’t elected, and his junta operates outside of state authority.

Bizarre calisthenics by officials who are officials ruling that their boss is not an official is staggering. What else can we say? All of the articles in the junta’s constitution, requiring premier and prime minister to do all kinds of official things now seem redundant. Perhaps the election itself is redundant.


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