BANGKOK – The Deputy Minister of Defense, Gen. Chaicharn Changmongkol, on behalf of Prime Minister and Defense Minster, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, submitted documents to clarify the oath-taking issue to the House committee on corruption suppression and prevention, on Wednesday (Nov 13).
Gen. Chaicharn, together with the Vice Minister for the Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon, Prasarn Wangrattanapranee, submitted the documents to Pol. Gen. Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, who chairs the House committee on corruption suppression and prevention. The documents clarify the Prime Minister’s incomplete oath of allegiance on July 16 and the 2020 budget bill.
Gen. Chaicharn said the Prime Minister was on duty and could not submit the documents himself. He said the oath-taking issue is over and done with, after the Constitutional Court stated that the oath was an interaction between the cabinet and His Majesty the King.
Meanwhile, Mr. Prasarn said Gen. Prawit did not want to cause a delay, as the issues surrounding him had all been clarified in writing. If the committee wanted further clarifications, it should specify the topics.
Pol. Gen. Sereepisuth said the constitution gives his committee the authority to summon government officials for questioning. He said the Constitutional Court didn’t make a ruling on the oath-taking issue as it only dismissed a petition. Therefore, the committee’s work is not related to the court’s deliberations. He added that the person involved shouldn’t send a representative to submit the documents, because a representative has no director authority.