King : “Constitution is a vital factor for the country”


In his speech given to newly appointed judges on the Constitution Court on Wednesday, His Majesty the King said: “The Constitution is a pillar needed in running the country.”

“With the pillar, the governance and people determined to follow the principles, the country will function well,” he added.

The nine judges, led by Court Chief Justice Chat Chollaworn, were sworn in by His Majesty.

“The Constitution is a vital factor for the country, because with it as a pillar in running the country, governance will go well,” the King said.

In another speech made later with Administrative Court judges, led by Akkarathorn Chularat, HM the King told them to “act in accordance with the Constitution.” (Nation)

This seems to be a clear… message.

Remember that the one of the biggest blocking points since a few weeks in the country, is the will from the government to amend/change/rewrite the Constitution (with a referendum…).

5 Responses to “King : “Constitution is a vital factor for the country””


  1. 1 Marvo 12 June 2008 at 5:35 am

    “Remember that the one of the biggest blocking points since a few weeks in the country, is the will from the government to amend/change/rewrite the Constitution”
    Is the king suggesting that the constitution changed by the junta shouldn’t be amended by this government? I’m not sure what provision there is in the constitution for its change.

  2. 2 thaicrisis 12 June 2008 at 5:47 am

    😉
    On one hand to say to juges from Constitution Court that the constitution is important… is not really surprising. Right ?

    On the other hand, the context is rather special (the big controversy over the gvt’s plans to amend/change/rewrite the charter)…

    Basically, the gvt would like to go back to 1997 constitution, that give strong powers to the majority (we saw… with Thaksin when he was PM).

    The Junta constitution (approved by referendum) was designed to weaken political parties, with various mechanisms. Create an “institutionalized instability” in a way.

  3. 3 loris Ipanoff 13 June 2008 at 1:11 am

    This constitution is illegal to start with as it was made by and for the army (junta), especially the amnesty clause.Sonthi has left this government, and future ones time bombs.

  4. 4 thaicrisis 13 June 2008 at 4:13 am

    Loris : yes it was designed by the Junta. But we can’t deny that it was approved -at a small majority- by referendum (for the first time in thai political history) .

    Without any doubt that gives to the charter a… legality.

    Now, you can argue that that many people voted for, in order to secure a general elections (it was a little bit the… blackmail used by the generals).

  5. 5 loris Ipanoff 13 June 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Yes, it was but under what conditions, martial law,and could not show publicly you were against it,remember they said, you approve it or else.


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