Thailand's Constitutional Court drops charges against prime minister over oath-taking fiasco

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-11 19:56:55|Editor: xuxin
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BANGKOK, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday dropped a petition filed against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his alleged failure to conduct July's oath-taking ceremony in full.

The Constitutional Court judges reached the unanimous resolution to lift the charges against Prayut for allegedly failing to read out the full message of the ceremonial oath as stipulated in the constitution's Section 161 before King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The Constitutional Court ruled that no agency under the constitution is authorized to judge whether or not such alleged failure might possibly be considered unconstitutional or render the government illegitimate as charged by Prayut's critics, including the Ramkhamhaeng University student who had filed the petition.

The oath-taking ceremony conducted just before the government took office was merely a formal activity between the oath takers, namely the prime minister and his cabinet ministers, and the monarch, on which no other agency was legally obliged to judge, according to the Constitutional Court.