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Former Pheu Thai chair to challenge legality of State of Emergency

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Nation Thailand

Thai politician and former chair of the Pheu Thai Party, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, has confirmed she plans to challenge the legality of the state of emergency in court. She joins a number of opposition MPs and other activists who are petitioning to have the order lifted. Bangkok awoke to a state of emergency declared by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha in the early hours of last Thursday, amid growing political unrest.

Posting on her Facebook page, Sudarat points to the PM himself, who she describes as, “the source of the problem”. She says the current political protests are a result of him using a military coup to take control from the people, and then drafting a charter that supported the transfer of power to Thailand’s military.

“Other politicians and I have followed the situation with concern and tried to prevent the government from applying their power. We had a discussion yesterday and agreed that we should use the right in the court to protect the protesters.”

Two MPs from the Pheu Thai Party have also expressed their intention to sue the PM for having invoked the emergency order. Cholnan Srikaew and Jirayu Houngsub are calling on the Civil Court to rescind the state of emergency and guarantee the protection of anti-government activists.

Nation Thailand reports that former judge, Kasem Suphasit, and former Democrat MP, Watchara Petchthong, have also confirmed they are taking legal action against the PM, claiming the implementation of the state of emergency is unlawful.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    I like this lady already!! More people (and people with status)are stating to make their voices heard against this dictator. But I’m still confused as to why many people can see what Prayut is doing and the draconian laws he implements except for him and his cronies?? They are just making themselves look very bad and digging a deeper hole

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    Dean Pratchet

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    To give this commendable challenge any credibility, Thailand first needs to create an independent judiciary….

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Is she saying: “And I’d like to grab his . . . and pull them off!

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    preesy chepuce

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    People have short memories of Pheu Thai… opportunism much? Perhaps someone could help? Is their headquarters in Montenegro, or Dubai?

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    Political Observer

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:24 am

    The “source of the problem” is reported to be worth $65 million (by Wikipedia). No wonder he likes his “job” and doesn’t want to leave.

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