Judge given further time to lead Constitutional Court

Judge given further time to lead Constitutional Court

A selection committee has unanimously ruled that Worawit Kangsasitiam, president of the Constitutional Court, will leave the post after serving nine years or reaching the age of 75, whichever comes first.

The ruling, given by the selection committee chaired by the Supreme Court president, is in response to a petition lodged by four Constitutional Court judges who asked it to rule when Mr Worawit's term ends.

Mr Worawit, who turned 70 this year, was named a Constitutional Court judge in 2014 under the old constitution, which allowed judges to serve for a nine-year term, or up until the age of 70, whichever comes first.

However, under the current constitution, a Constitutional Court judge can serve for seven years or up until the age of 75, whichever comes first.

The selection committee has ruled that Mr Worawit and three other Constitutional Court judges, all of whom were appointed under the 2007 charter, will benefit from both charters, meaning they can serve for nine years or up until 75, whichever comes first. The other three are Thaweekiat Meenakanit, Nakharin Mektrairat and Panya Udchachon.

The five other Constitutional Court judges, who were appointed under the 2017 charter, will leave their posts after seven years or reaching 75, whichever comes first.

Meanwhile, Pheu Thai leader Cholnan Srikaew said no comparison should be drawn between the term limit involving the Constitutional Court president and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's eight-year tenure limit. He said Gen Prayut's eight-year term will end in August this year.

The length of Gen Prayut's term as PM has been fiercely debated after a legal team from the House of Representatives claimed that he is entitled to serve as premier until 2027.

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