Open to Interpretation? Allowing the Prime Minister to Serve for More Than Eight Years

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Munin Pongsapan


The decision of the Constitutional Court on the issue of whether General Prayut Chan-o-cha has occupied the position of Prime Minister for eight years, which would result in his dismissal under Section 170 and Section 158 paragraph four of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand B.E. 2560 (the “2017 Constitution”), might not change the Thai political scene very much. But in the field of jurisprudence, the Constitutional Court’s ruling may be seen as a microcosm of the Thai legal and judicial system, which has been abused time and time again, making it hard to believe that Thailand has had a Western-style legal system for over a hundred years and transformed its governmental system into a democracy 90 years ago.

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