Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva's proposal yesterday was met with doubt as politicians and academics said some of his suggestions were unconstitutional.
Chart Thai Pattana Party key member Somsak Prisananantakul said it would be difficult to implement the proposals and that Abhisit should keep his feet on the ground as some of his suggestions went beyond what is allowed in the Constitution.
“When you want us politicians to step back, we agree to do so, but don’t forget that the Constitution is non-negotiable. For instance, a PM must come from an election and has to be approved by the House. Today, when proposing something outside of the rules, how can Abhisit be sure that it will not be a waste or create problems, especially when people petition to the Constitutional Court?” Somsak said.
Anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) spokesman Akanat Promphan said some of Abhisit’s proposals matched PDRC’s push for national reforms before elections. However, this was the first time politicians had talked about finding resolutions and the PDRC had shown no sign of stopping its rallies.
PDRC co-leader Phra Buddha Issara said Abhisit had offered nothing new in his proposal and that the only way out would be returning the power to His Majesty.
Appointed Senator Kamnoon Sidhisa-marn said Abhisit’s proposal might offer a solution, but he did not think the government would accept it, especially in relation to a non-elected PM. The charter does allow for such a PM, but in case of a deadlock, the Senate Speaker can consider some options.
Meanwhile, Noppadon Pattama, legal adviser of ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, said yesterday that the Pheu Thai Party did not reject Abhisit’s proposals, but that the party’s strategic committee would need to look at them at its meeting on Tuesday.
However, caretaker Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang, caretaker Deputy PM Surapong Tovichakchaikul and ex-deputy House Speaker Samart Kaewmeechai attacked Abhisit’s request for PM Yingluck Shinawatra to quit, saying it was unconstitutional and against the democratic principle.
Legal expert Verapat Pariyawong said Abhisit’s proposal would go against the principle of the Constitution, which aimed for a stable government. Meanwhile, proposing that the government quit and the Senate Speaker pick a replacement, as well as have a referendum on the proposal conducted by agencies with no proper status violated the charter.
Proposing that the Election Commission or a court set a condition to dissolve political parties that fail to support national reform might also affect the administrative and legislative branches and go against the principles of the Constitution.