Explainer: why was the winner of Thailand’s election blocked from becoming prime minister?

Sat, 19 Aug 2023 12:01:12 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The Thai parliamentary election was held over two months ago and yet, the
country still has no prime minister or government. While much remains in flux,
one thing appears certain – the popular reformist leader of the party that
received the most votes in the election, Pita Limjaroenrat, will not be the
country’s next prime minister.

In demoralising, though familiar, scenes this week, the Constitutional Court
announced Pita would be suspended as an MP until a ruling is made on
allegations he knowingly held shares in a media company when he contested the
May election.

The parliament then voted to void his prime ministerial nomination, preventing
him from contesting a second vote in the legislature for the premiership. (He
had already failed in one vote last week.)

Pita is clearly the people’s choice for prime minister. And under a more
democratic system, he would already be sitting in the PM office."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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