Thailand’s Constitutional Court docket on Wednesday suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha from official duties after it determined to listen to a petition to overview his legally mandated eight-year time period restrict.
The court docket introduced its determination in an announcement despatched to media. It was not clear when it will ship a last ruling on the petition introduced by the principle opposition celebration arguing that Prayuth’s time spent as head of a navy junta ought to depend in direction of his constitutionally stipulated eight-year time period.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan is predicted to take over as interim chief, a authorities official mentioned earlier within the week.
Former military chief Prayuth took energy in 2014 when he led a coup to overthrow an elected authorities. He turned a civilian prime minister in 2019 after an election held below a military-drafted structure.
The primary opposition celebration has petitioned the Constitutional Court docket to overview his legally mandated eight-year time period restrict, arguing that he ought to depart workplace this month as a result of his time as junta chief ought to depend in direction of his time period.
The controversy is the newest in a rustic that has seen intermittent political turmoil for practically twenty years, together with two coups and violent protests, broadly due to opposition to the navy’s involvement in politics and calls for by more and more politically conscious sections of society for higher illustration.
A normal election is due by Might subsequent 12 months.