Prawit: No green light yet for political activities

Political parties will not yet be allowed to carry out activities and express their opinions despite the fact that the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has sent the draft Political Parties Bill to the government for further proceedings, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Wednesday (Aug 9).

Gen Prawit, who is in charge of security affairs, said this in responding to questions raised by reporters.

The NLA last week passed the draft Political Parties Bill, one of the organic laws required by the constitution, and the bill was subsequently forwarded to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha .  It has not yet come into effect, pending royal endorsement.

Gen Prawit said: “Political parties will not yet be allowed to conduct political activities during this time.  Let’s wait for a while because we don’t know what’s going to happen.  The situation is not yet stable enough.  Moreover, some legal cases have not yet been concluded.”

Asked whether political parties will be allowed to carry out activities after the Political Parties Bill has become law, Gen Prawit retorted: “Has the law been in promulgated?  No, not yet.  I still have no idea when to give the green light for political activities.  Let’s wait until I feel at ease, and I will do that.  Some legal cases are still pending.  We have to wait and see.”

He declined to reply when asked if the green light for political activities will be given after the rice-pledging case against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been concluded.