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A further threat to PM’s leadership as court set to rule in military housing case

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The leadership of Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha could be under threat, and not just from the tens of thousands of activists calling for his resignation. On December 2, the Constitutional Court will rule in a case that accuses the PM of abusing his power by occupying a military-owned residence, despite the fact that he retired from the army 6 years ago.

The Speaker of the Thai House of Representatives, Chuan Leekpai, brought the case earlier this year, following a request from the leader of the Pheu Thai opposition party, Sompong Amornwiwat. Sompong accuses the PM of an abuse of power and a violation of supreme law, by occupying a property inside the First Infantry Battalion of Royal Guards in Bangkok, despite no longer being in the military.

The PM is accused of violating Section 160 of the Thai Constitution and failing to comply with ethical standards, by unlawfully receiving a benefit from a government agency. He previously served as Army commander-in-chief from 2010 to 2014, before orchestrating a military coup and seizing power as leader of the National Council for Peace and Order.

In February of this year, he claimed his stay in the military property was for security reasons, adding that he was already making plans to move to his private residence.

“I worked to serve this country my whole life. Regardless of the regulations and law, I am still working. The thing to be concerned about is that I am also the Prime Minister, who must stay at a proper place to maintain security. Anyway, I have already prepared to stay at my own home soon.”

If next month’s Constitutional Court ruling finds the PM guilty of violating supreme law, he could be forced to resign from his position.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Toby Andrews

    November 9, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Got him!
    And he give himself away. He states he worked to serve the country regardless of regulations and law.
    Confirming he is ignoring regulations and law.
    The government might just use this unlawful habitation of army property to force him out.
    I’m sure he will leave with pats on the back and medals, but at least Thailand will be rid of this incompetent, tyrant.

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    patty

    November 9, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Of course you are preparing to move. If this didnt come up, you would still be taking advantage of the free rent even though you have amassed millions of baht since you cheated your way into power. This is the kind of man, the yellow shirts are supporting. Unacceptable. Hopefully the court will rule against him, then he will be forced to step down as PM

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    Denis

    November 9, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Hello
    I am a farang expat married and living in Thaïland for some years.
    I just want to say a big thank you to Thaïland. This country welcome me, my thaï family welcome me and thaï government allow me to stay and live with my thaï wife in this beautiful country.
    M
    ore than this, Mr Prayut government has been working hard to protect us from the beginning of the covid-19 pandemy. This is the job of a government : Protect the citizen.

    Instead of always criticizing and denigrating as farangs usually do, I thank this country and its government.

    As for democracy, to compare well, I prefer a soft “dictatorship” which protects a country and its inhabitants to a misguided democracy sold to the powers of the money which reduces its people into consensual slavery.

    I hope Thailand will continue as it is for a long time to come.

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      Nipral

      November 9, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      …and people will keep starving in this “soft !!!!!) dictature ! What a joke !!!
      Compliments will drive you nowhere !

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        Denis

        November 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm

        I don’t expect anything from compliments. I just tell my opinion. 😉
        And about people starving in Thaïland, this is completely wrong.
        The problem is that some thaï people are lazy. Anyone, even non educated or without any diploma can start a business easily in Thaïland.
        In Europe, some people have a job and a salary but sleep in their cars or cannot even afford cares for teeth or eyes, because it is too much expensive.
        In Europe, creating a survival business is impossible without many agreements and diplomas.
        Thaïland is much more a free country than Europe

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          Nipral

          November 9, 2020 at 6:59 pm

          That’s what I suspected : you are a stupid shameless moron !
          Enjoy your mediocre life with your small Thai Family.
          For your info I feed since March 700 people in Kamala only. People who have
          lost their job in the hospitality industry. Of course as you say they just have
          to open their own hotel or restaurant.
          Poor biped !

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            denis

            November 10, 2020 at 12:18 pm

            You are not very polite… 😉
            If Thailand is such a bad country, why do you live here ?
            If Thailand is so bad about government, why don’t you create a political party and run for election ?
            You are so funny and ridiculous… Same as so many other farangs : just a neo colonialist
            You arrive in a country and would like to change it and make it as your own country.

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      Ivan

      November 9, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      Lol 99% Typical Russian guy
      Will lick any boots

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    Issan John

    November 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    “Regardless of the regulations and the law, I am still working” is hardly much of a valid defence!

    Of the last six PMs three were removed from office by the Constitutional Court, Samak because he still did his cookery show on TV. It’s hard to see how the CC could find Prayut anything but guilty, but I’ll believe it when it happens.

    (of the other three PMs, only one (Chuan) left office because he lost the election)

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    Toby Andrews

    November 9, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Samak still did his TV cookery shows huh?
    Well the Thai people, and Denis, deserve only the very highest standards from Thai PMs.
    This Samak betrayed the trust of Thailand by continuing to do cookery shows.
    The despicable scoundrel!
    And so P.M Pryut Chan O Cha Cha should not expect any lenient treatment.
    Squatting in an Army house is ten times worse than continuing doing cookery shows!!

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    Fabian

    November 9, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t know but there seems to me an increasing numbers of trolls on here who (1) try to delegitimize the actions of people who stand up for freedom and democracy and (2) propagandize the so-called ‘soft democracy’. It’s an excuse for dictators to control people. It’s spreading. It’s very dangerous.

    I suggest to watch the documentary ‘China undercover’ by PBS to see how dangerous.

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    D

    November 10, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    More chance of Elvis being alive than the courts finding him Guilty

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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