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Article 7 'does not authorise' appointment of prime minister

MEECHAI RUCHUPAN, former president of National Legislative Assembly, yesterday clarified that Article 7 of the Constitution does not authorise the nomination and appointment of a PM.

Meechai, a respected legal expert, made the clarification in answer to a question posted on his website, MeechaiThailand.com.

"Article 7 does not authorise the appointment of prime minister. Those who talk about an 'Article-7 prime minister; have copied the phrase from someone who said it earlier because it appears cool," Meechai wrote on his website.

"Article 7 is enforced when no Article of the Constitution can be applied directly. In such a case, the ruling tradition will be applied but it will depend on the goal of the application of the Article."

Anti-government groups have been calling for enforcement of Article 7 to have a non-partisan prime minister appointed to lead national reforms.

Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of PDRC, has stepped up the call in recent days asking acting Senate Speaker Surachai Liengboonlertchai to enforce Article 7 to nominate a non-partisan prime minister for His Majesty's appointment.

But Surachai said yesterday that he would not listen to Suthep, saying he is free to consider proper measures for solving the political crisis and he would not allow himself to be pressured by Suthep and the PDRC. "The Senate cannot please any particular person," Surachai said. "The Senate has a goal to work for the country. If we listen to proposals, which are not constructive, our work might not be successful."


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