Prayut, cabinet members receive King's message

Prayut, cabinet members receive King's message

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha shows the message from His Majesty the King, after it was framed, at Government House on Tuesday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha shows the message from His Majesty the King, after it was framed, at Government House on Tuesday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet members on Tuesday received a message expressing moral support for the government from His Majesty the King.

The prime minister and each minister received the message individually in front of a portrait of His Majesty in the Command Building at Government House. 

Initially, no details of the message's content were released, only that it was related to the oath Gen Prayut and his cabinet made during the ceremony before the King on July 16 at Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall in Dusit Palace.

The prime minister also declined to answer reporters' questions about contents of the royal message after the ceremony.

However, he later showed a copy of the royal message after it had been framed. It gave moral support for the government to perform its duty so that the pledges in the oath of allegiance will be achieved.

Gen Prayut, however, is under fire for omitting the final sentence of the oath during the swearing-in.

The Ombudsman has received a petition from the opposition about Gen Prayut's blunder and on Tuesday  decided to forward it to the Constitutional Court for a ruling.

The opposition has also submitted a motion for a general debate in parliament on the prime minister and his oath gaffe.

Gen Prayut said on Tuesday he will not assign a representative to answer the questions on his behalf in parliament. He would counter the opposition's claims himself during the debate.

The Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday also resolved to ask the Constitutional Court to rule on a university student's petition that his rights were violated by the prime minister's failure to make the full oath. 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his incomplete oath. (Bangkok Post video)


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