Charter Court clarifies PM’s status as junta leader

The Constitutional Court ruled this afternoon (Wednesday) that the head of the National Council for

Peace and Order (NCPO) is not an other official of the state, clearing the way for Prime Minister Prayut

Chan-o-cha to stay on as head of the government.

The issue about the status of General Prayut's premiership was raised with the Constitutional by about

100 opposition MPs, who contended that his status as Prime Minister of Thailand should end because he

was also the NCPO head, a position which is regarded as other official of the state at the time of his

appointment in accordance with Section 170 (4) and Section 98 (15) of the Constitution.

Prior to the charter court's ruling today, the Election Commission and the Ombudsman had both

separately ruled that the head of the NCPO is not the other official of the state.

The Constitutional Court made its ruling without holding inquiries on the grounds that this was an issue

of legality.

For clarity, in Thailand other official of the state is different, in legal terms, from state official.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)