Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thai Prime Minister dismissed

Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand was forced to resign.

The World Post: Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai Prime Minister, Forced To Resign Over Abuse Of Power

The constitutional court of Thailand sentenced that Shinawatra violated the authority of the prime minister by transferring a senior civil servant to another position in 2011. She was deemed to facilitate her family. The court dismissed her and her close colleagues from the cabinet.

Thailand is in the maelstrom. The general election held in this Feb as I wrote was finally negated by the constitutional court. The ruling Thaksin's party attempts to carry out the next election in July. It is easily predicted that the opponents would strengthen the resistance.

My past entry: Election in Thailand and Tokyo

I was a little surprised that the constitutional court has strong power upon the cabinet. In Japan, the members of parliament would not be dismissed even if the Supreme Court declares that the election was violating the constitution. The Japan Supreme Court is so conservative that I have never seen that it negate the result of the general election.

On the other hand, some people criticize the constitutional court of Thailand as not politically correct. Though I do not know the decisions it made in the past in detail, it is easily imaginable that any sides which lost the legal battle would blame the thoughts provided by the court.

Most developed countries have established a scheme to avoid the concentration of the political power to one component. In Japan, the supreme court, the parliament, and the government are to watch each other. However, it is generally said that the government is deemed to be the most powerful among the three summits. In Thailand, the court seems extremely powerful.

More or less, confusion will last for a while in Thailand. I hope nobody will not be hurt regarding this conflict.

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