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Thai court ruling, not a good sign for election by the people.

09/01/2014

The Thai courts have ruled that the government were in breach of s.190 of the last constitution and members could face impeachment or a 5 year ban on holding office. The court decided that they had made decisions without following parliamentary procedure. And they had unlawfully drafted legislation making composition of the senate all elected in place of partially elected members.

This could mean that, even when Yingluck wins the 2 February election (and it is unlikely she will lose, not least because the democrat party is not standing), her government could not take office. A coup, army or judicial, may therefore not need to take place.

None of this of course solves the problem of how the country should be governed by democratic consent. It is a consistent problem in Thai politics. 

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