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Justice Minister says he is at loss for a next step if budget bill is nullified by court

 

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Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said today that he was totally at loss about what to do if the budget bill for the 2020 fiscal year is declared null and void by the Constitutional Court.

 

More than 90 government and opposition MPs have signed a letter, addressed to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, asking the Constitutional Court to determine the legal status of the bill, after it was found that at least two government Bhumajthai MPs had allowed their colleagues to cast their votes in favour of the bill while they were absent from parliament.

 

Chuan earlier said that an MP who allowed his or her colleague to cast her vote was wrong, even if he or she was in parliament at the time.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/justice-minister-says-he-is-at-loss-for-a-next-step-if-budget-bill-is-nullified-by-court/

 

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Easy call a fresh election that has no manipulation by the trough eaters.

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19 minutes ago, legend49 said:

Easy call a fresh election that has no manipulation by the trough eaters.

I completely agree.  It shows the Government has lost the mandate to Govern, in which case, fresh elections should be held in order to install a Government that has both the ability and the backing to pass the Budget through both Houses.  At least this is what would happen in a developed Country, as a vote of no confidence would have been passed.

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1 hour ago, monkfish said:

Can't they just vote again?

I would suggest that in normal circumstance the fraudulent voters would be kicked out and the vote retaken. However in Thailand the courts have set such ridiculous precedents and decisions in bending, twisting and flat out breaking laws in trying to get rid of TS and his supporters parties that the chickens are coming home to roost from previous decisions. 

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Why hasn’t Prayut fired the people responsible for this mess? After all, they, and anyone else who was complicit in all of this, are completely to blame. 

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41 minutes ago, rkidlad said:

Why hasn’t Prayut fired the people responsible for this mess? After all, they, and anyone else who was complicit in all of this, are completely to blame. 

Cause he's one of them

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On 1/26/2020 at 2:02 PM, smutcakes said:

I would suggest that in normal circumstance the fraudulent voters would be kicked out and the vote retaken. However in Thailand the courts have set such ridiculous precedents and decisions in bending, twisting and flat out breaking laws in trying to get rid of TS and his supporters parties that the chickens are coming home to roost from previous decisions. 

The manner of the vote was made improperly by MP's elected to the House.

No one is challenging the MP's right to vote, nor their vote being fraudulent.

So a re-vote by the House should suffice with the direct recordation of all MP's voting, ie., by voice.

Thailand uses common law that allows culture and tradition to craft a court's decision - legal precedent is not supreme. Therefore, factors such as "good intentions," "honesty, "character" and maybe even "tenants of Buddhism"* become just as relevant judicial considerations as any legal precedent and laws.

As such, Thai judicial rulings can be quite arbitrary, contrarian and politicized - but without breaking any laws per se.

* In practice Buddhism is the State religion.

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