Constitution Court warned of impeachment threat

A Pheu Thai list MP has threatened to impeach the Constitution Court judges if the court decides to accept a complaint from the Opposition to challenge the constitutionality of the charter amendments bill and to stop the final debate on the bill.

Weng Tochirakarn made the threat in the wake of a move by the Democrats and anti-government senators to petition the Constitution Court to rule on the constitutionality of the bill which seeks to change the makeup of the Senate.

Under the bill which has recently passed the second reading of the joint sitting of the parliament, all the 200 senators will be elected and there is no restriction against spouses, parents and children of MPs to contest in senatorial election.  Also, current senators whose term is to expire next year can stand in the Senate election immediately without having to wait for a couple of years.

Weng urged the court to respect the rule of law and the principle of separation of powers under which powers are separated among the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

He said he would seek an impeachment of all the Constitution Court judges in accordance with Article 271 of the charter if the court accepts the Opposition’s complaint against the charter amendments bill.