Jan 23, 2014
Retired supreme court judge: Thai PM has no power to declare emergency
A retired supreme court judge pointed out that, according to the constitution of Thailand, the acting Prime Minister does not have the legal power to declare emergency situaion in Bangkok now that the parliament has been dissolved and the cabinet does not exist any more. In addition, the situation in Bangkok is not in line with the situation specified by the emergency situation law. In addition, the consitution court recently judged that the peaceful demonstration is rightful in the permission of the constitution.
Therefore, any executive orders referencing the declared emergency situation would be legally invalid.