Re: "Chaikasem playing with govt rivals'", Politics, April 14.
Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri has echoed Suthep’s previous call by citing Article 7 of the Constitution, but Chaikasem’s move comes more out of desperation as he realises that the end is near.
The legal gurus in the government camp treated Suthep’s reliance on Article 7 as an unconstitutional and self-serving move to involve His Majesty in the political impasse. Now, this minister, one of those gurus, is proposing to seek His Majesty’s involvement if his government is brought down by court rulings.
Article 7 states clearly that in situations not covered by the Constitution, past precedents shall prevail. Suthep’s proposal has the support of past practices – for example the appointments of interim prime ministers like Sanya Thammasak and Anand Panyarachun. Chaikasem has no basis for seeking His Majesty’s involvement in interpreting his government’s status.