Bloomberg on the Constitution Court decision
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Bloomberg on the Constitution Court decision

BP’s post last week on International news round-up of the Thai Constitution Court decision didn’t include Bloomberg’s article which has some interesting quotes. Key excerpts:

Moving forward without a nationwide vote could “invite more explosive protests from the other side,” Somjai Phagaphasvivat, a political science lecturer at Thammasat University in Bangkok, said by phone. “Tensions remain high and this will be the situation for months and years to come.”

The court’s insistence that a nationwide vote is required before rewriting the charter amounts to a threat against the government and parliament because the judiciary is asserting powers that aren’t granted in the constitution, according to Kanin Boonsuwan, a law lecturer at Chulalongkorn University who submitted testimony in favor of the amendment.

“If the government and parliament yield to this threat, it means this country is not democratic,” Kanin said. “Next time there is no need to have an election. Just let the court be the ruling party.”

The Constitutional Court’s intervention in parliamentary affairs sets “a very dangerous precedent” that could lead to a “more explosive crisis” in the future, according to Chris Baker, a Bangkok-based political analyst and historian who has co-authored several books on Thailand.

“This whole incident has probably shown that Thaksin cannot return too soon,” he said. “This is just a small step in a long process.”

BP: The issue of the separation of powers will be an issue when the Constitution is amended. We are still waiting for the government to decide how they will react to to the Court decision. The written decision is meant to be released this week and then the Cabinet has stated it will wait for the Council of State (the government’s legal advisory) so this will likely take 1-2 more weeks. Hence, we are around 2-3 weeks away from the decision….

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