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Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (25 August 2022)

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Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (25 August 2022)

The constitutional court of Thailand yesterday, Wednesday, accepted a petition to review a CLAIM THAT PM General Prayut has exceeded the maximum 8 year term allowed for any PM as of some point THIS WEEK. The matter has been debated elsewhere AS some claim that his start date should be from the date of the current constitution, that’s 2017, whereas others claim, as in this petition, that his start date was 2014, the date that he first took power.  As a result, as in any case where any element of doubt exists that could affect the nation, the PM has acknowledged  that he will TEMPORARILY step back from duty until such time as the court reaches a final decision.

The constitution was most recently rewritten during the tenure of the current PM himself, and so, obviously, he was well aware of its content. BUT, it’s far from curtains for the general who oversaw the bloodless coup, seizing power 8 years ago, and anyone betting on his not making a speedy return to power might well want to hedge their bets.  As General Prayut steps back, albeit for now temporarily,  of the numerous DEPUTY Prime ministers his direct subordinate in rank, General Prawit becomes temporary PM. ONLY when the court has issued its finding will Thailand know who will sit at the top of the table. General Prauyut, however, will never be far from that seat though, as he remains in the cabinet in his secondary position of Minister of Defence.

 The constitutional court, established in 2017,  is made up of a court president and 8 justices, approved by the Thai senate and endorsed by HM the King. This court, then, has the final say over any issues regarding the adherence to, and regulation of the Thai constitution and is, for those matters, the ultimate authority.   Two factors of importance for all are that issues here are rarely as they initially appear and the stability and status of the country is in no way affected and the government, along with the offices of state will continue as normal without interruption.

 This week has seen the house of representatives approve the 3.18 trillion baht FISCAL budget for 2023, intended to boost the economy here, following 5 days of review.  Now sent to the senate , once approved there it will reach the cabinet before being endorsed by HM the King

In other news, locally. Illegally built bridges across a drainage canal adjacent to Walking street could soon be demolished, according a Pattaya city deputy mayor, this as they were built to gain access from the popular pedestrian area to .. Indian style nightclubs.  Only one crossing should be allowed to remain and that is the well established bridge to the Siam Bayshore hotel which was erected with approval from the Marine department. The others, it appears, were built during the covid era, without anyone in authority noticing.

Photo Credit: Sophon Cable TV

A 19 year old Kuwaiti was rushed to hospital after a motorbike accident at 1.30 in the morning that saw him lose… his middle finger.  CCTV is being checked BUT reports indicate that he was riding alongside 4 other friends before crossing a marked lane and crashing into a local taxi, with some claiming that they group were racing each other.  The finger, we are told, was beyond medical re-attachment.

 Storms throughout the night will continue in various degrees until midday, leaving behind sunny skies, highs of 31 in the shade and dropping to 27 for the evening.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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