Ombudsman Seeks Thai Charter Court’s Ruling on Parliament’s Decision to Block Pita’s PM Renomination

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The Office of the Ombudsman on Monday, July 24th, decided to ask the Constitutional Court whether Parliament’s decision to block Pita Limjaroenrat, leader and PM candidate for the Move Forward Party, from being re-nominated for the PM role is constitutional or not.

At a press conference today, the Ombudsman revealed to the press that it will submit a request to the charter court to determine the constitutionality of the Parliament’s decision on July 19th that barred Pita from being re-nominated for the leadership position.

Those who voted to block Pita cited that his renomination violated the parliamentary regulations which stipulate that once a proposal is rejected by the Parliament, it cannot be re-proposed.

Pita was rejected by the Parliament, mostly by junta-appointed senators, in the first round of the PM voting. However, many argue that the nomination of a PM candidate is governed by the charter rather than by Parliament regulations, leading to a complaint being filed to the Office of the Ombudsman in a bid to nullify the Parliament’s decision.

The Ombudsman Office also requested the court to postpone the Prime Minister voting for the time being.

As of press time a decision has not been made although meetings are scheduled throughout the week.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.