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Constitutional Court to Rule on Senate Election Amidst Thaksin Shinawatra Lese Majeste Case

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The political temperature is expected to rise a notch tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Constitutional Court begins its deliberation of three political cases, while the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) is set to indict former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on a lese majeste charge. While all four cases are bound to have ramifications on the political landscape, only one case will be concluded tomorrow with the Constitutional Court set to hand down a ruling. The case involves the constitutionality of four provisions in the Senate election law.

The court said last week it had obtained enough information to make a ruling tomorrow, which will decide if the ongoing Senate election process will proceed or be invalidated. The final phase of the election will be held on June 26.

The other two cases, which concern the fate of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and the opposition Move Forward Party (MFP), are expected to take a while before decisions are made.

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Monday played down the implications of the court’s much-anticipated decisions in these cases. He said the government cannot interfere with these cases and no matter what the rulings are, the government must carry on with its work and maintain national stability.

Mr. Anutin, leader of the Bhumjaithai Party, also dismissed as unlikely remarks made by Pannika Wanich, a key Progressive Movement member, that the MFP might join hands with Bhumjaithai, rather than the Pheu Thai Party, after the next election or if there was political change before then.

“There won’t be any changes in the political camp. The current government remains strong with more than 300 MPs. We work in harmony and support each other,” he said.

Mr. Anutin said he expects to see Mr. Srettha, who is on sick leave due to COVID-19, on Wednesday at parliament when the House debates the budget bill for the 2025 fiscal year.

Pakornwut Udompipatsakul, an MFP list-MP, said the party has made no preparations for Tuesday’s court proceedings because the court is not scheduled to hand down a ruling.

“But we’re waiting to see if the court will allow an inquiry. If it is allowed, the party’s legal team will make preparations,” he said.

The party has accused the Election Commission (EC) of failing to properly follow steps prescribed in the organic law on parties when seeking to disband the party. It has asked the court to conduct an inquiry into the matter before handing down its decision.

Of the four major cases, Thaksin’s lese majeste case attracts most public attention. He is scheduled to meet prosecutors on Tuesday so he can be formally indicted in the Criminal Court.

Winyat Chartmontri, Thaksin’s lawyer, confirmed on Monday the ex-premier will attend the indictment hearing amid rumors he might try to postpone proceedings for a second time.

Earlier, Thai Pakdee Party leader Warong Dechgitvigrom predicted Thaksin would not be present in court, claiming the former prime minister had been admitted to the hospital.

Chief government whip Wisut Chainarun on Monday expressed confidence Thaksin would be bailed because several other lese majeste suspects have been granted bail.

He also said the public should concern themselves with the House debate on the budget expenditure bill instead of whether Thaksin will turn up to face the indictment.

Meanwhile, Courts of Justice spokesman Sorawit Limparangsri said on Monday the Judicial Commission has been informed of reports circulating on social media about attempts to interfere with judicial proceedings to secure bail for a certain suspect. He said the Supreme Court president has been asked to set up a panel to gather the facts about the reports and the public will be given an update if there is progress.


  1. Joe June 17, 2024

    I can’t believe Thaksin is being charged again. Isn’t he out of the political picture by now?

    • Sarah Lee June 17, 2024

      He might be out of the picture, but his influence still lingers. It’s like a bad penny that keeps turning up!

      • PoliticalBuff123 June 17, 2024

        True, but don’t forget how many people still support him. His party has a solid base.

      • Joe June 17, 2024

        Support or no support, it’s time to let go and move on. The law is the law.

    • Markus June 17, 2024

      Really? Thaksin paved the way for many good things in Thailand. He deserves some credit!

      • Sarah Lee June 17, 2024

        Credit or not, breaking the law has consequences. It’s not just about his past achievements.

      • Joe June 17, 2024

        Exactly. Everyone must be accountable to the law.

  2. Lisa R. June 17, 2024

    This whole thing is a distraction from the real issues, like the budget bill. Priorities are skewed!

    • grower134 June 17, 2024

      Politicians love these distractions. Keeps the public’s attention away from actual governance.

      • Bill June 17, 2024

        If the budget isn’t debated properly, there will be real consequences for the people.

    • Amanda J. June 17, 2024

      I think both are important. Legal accountability and proper budgeting go hand in hand.

  3. Timmy June 17, 2024

    Why is the Senate election law even an issue? They need to just decide and move on.

    • Jean P. June 17, 2024

      Senate elections have long-term impacts on the country. They should be done right.

      • ComplicatedPolitics June 17, 2024

        Agree. One wrong move and we could end up with more corruption.

      • Timmy June 17, 2024

        But it’s taking forever! Just make a decision already.

  4. Matt H. June 17, 2024

    Can’t wait to see the outcome of tomorrow’s rulings. It’ll shape our political future.

    • Lucy June 17, 2024

      Totally! These decisions will either stabilize or destabilize the country even further.

      • Bobby June 17, 2024

        I just hope for some stability. The constant political turmoil is exhausting.

  5. Hannah June 17, 2024

    The rumors about judicial interference are alarming. Justice should be impartial.

    • Michael V. June 17, 2024

      I doubt it’s just rumors. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

      • Jane Doe June 17, 2024

        But we shouldn’t jump to conclusions without evidence. It’s dangerous.

      • Hannah June 17, 2024

        True, but transparency is key. The public deserves to know what’s happening.

  6. HistoryFan68 June 17, 2024

    Thaksin being indicted again highlights the issues in Thai politics. It’s like a revolving door.

    • Cynthia June 17, 2024

      It’s definitely a flawed system. Time for some serious reform.

      • AnalystJoe June 17, 2024

        Reforms are easier said than done. Who will bell the cat?

        • Cynthia June 17, 2024

          We need courageous leaders, not just politicians.

          • HistoryFan68 June 17, 2024

            Agreed. Courage and integrity seem to be in short supply these days.

  7. TechSavvy June 17, 2024

    Why are we still focusing on political drama? Tech innovation is where our future lies.

  8. SimonL June 17, 2024

    Anutin’s confidence in the government’s stability is optimistic. Let’s see if it holds up when rulings come out.

    • Nate June 17, 2024

      Optimism or not, he’s right that the government needs to stay focused on work.

  9. reem19 June 17, 2024

    The accusations against the EC are serious. Any truth to them?

    • Heather June 17, 2024

      If the EC failed, it undermines the whole electoral process. Needs thorough investigation.

      • Martinez June 17, 2024

        Indeed. Integrity of elections is fundamental to democracy.

        • reem19 June 17, 2024

          Absolutely. People’s faith in the system hinges on fair elections.

  10. Cristina June 17, 2024

    Can’t believe Thaksin might bail again. Courts need to tighten up these bail regulations.

    • Alex June 17, 2024

      He’s used his influence to evade the system for years. It’s about time it stops.

  11. DrBob June 17, 2024

    The fate of the MFP could dramatically reshape Thailand’s political landscape. This is make-or-break for them.

  12. Chase P. June 17, 2024

    Interesting how Pakornwut Udompipatsakul comments on court proceedings. Shows their nonchalance or confidence?

    • Linda June 17, 2024

      It’s probably confidence. They seem well-prepared for whatever the court decides.

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