Emergency decree challenge dismissed

The Constitution Court has dismissed a plea asking it to decide whether caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's decision to enforce the state of emergency is unconstitutional.

Virat Kalayasiri, a former Songkhla Democrat MP, and Paibul Nititawan, an appointed senator, had accused Ms Yingluck, her cabinet and the Pheu Thai Party of violating Section 68.

Section 68 prohibits the exercise of the rights and liberties to overthrow a government or to acquire the power to rule the country through unconstitutional means.

They claimed the caretaker premier's enforcement of the state of emergency, which gives authorities more powers, in Bangkok and its vicinities while the general elections took place on Feb 2 could have given them an edge over rivals during the polls.

With a majority vote, the court dismissed the case, saying the plea did not have enough grounds to validate the charge.

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Discussion 1 : 05/02/2014 at 11:53 PM
The court at the same time should have said and ruled who in this country really violates section 68. All foreign governments know this only Thailand does not seem to care.
Discussion 2 : 05/02/2014 at 11:34 PM
well it seems that they have just used it as an excuse to round up protest leaders. I can't see how bringing in the leaders based on violation of questionably implemented decree will restore any kind of order (either in the short or long term). People leading illegal rallies should go to jail (or whatever the punishment is) but then so should those officials who are proved beyond reasonable doubt to be involved in corruption for the betterment of themselves or their political affiliates. 2 way street
Discussion 3 : 05/02/2014 at 08:24 PM
Finally, another sensible ruling that can help to restore order.

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