The Thai Constitutional Court on Wednesday, August 24th, voted in favor to order General Prayut Chan-O’Cha to suspend his duties as the prime minister until the court’s ruling on his eight-year ministry term controversy is made.
According to local media, the Judiciary Committee voted in favor by 5 to 4 in the quorum this morning. The order is effective immediately until the court adjudicates, in which the process can presumably take about one month or more.
The debate is over if Prayut has exceeded his eight year term limit. Opponents argue he has, counting the time since he took over during a coup in 2014. Prayut and the government argue he hasn’t, as the current constitution was completed in 2017 and Prayut was not formerly PM prior to that. The constitutional court has agreed to debate the matter and suspend Prayut from working temporarily during this period.
In the meantime, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan will be serving as the Acting/Caretaker Prime Minister.
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