Should people be concerned that the king is accumulating power to his personal position? Obviously, unless one is a deaf, dumb and blind ultra-royalist, the answer is unquestionably affirmative.
Under the changes that were demanded by the king before he’d endorse the junta’s constitution, it might have been thought that the changes were mostly about the king’s powers over his domain in the palace, as well as sorting out any constitutional crisis.
Now, however, it is clear that the king is accumulating far broader powers than any king has had since 1932.
The Nation reports that a new royal decree, required by the changes to the constitution, was published in the Royal Gazette on 10 May.
It outlines the re-organization of the palace and the personnel associated with the administration of “agencies that work directly under … the [k]ing.”
According to the “Royal Decree on the Organisation and Personnel Administration of Agencies under the King, … there are three main agencies involved – the Privy Council, Royal Household Bureau, and Royal Security Command.”
The report continues:
Under this new law, privy councillors and civilian, military and police officers working in those agencies are considered officials under the King’s custody. They are not regarded as civil servants or state officials, although they retain the status of “competent officers” under the Penal Code.
According to the royal decree, the King may give military or police ranks to and remove those ranks from any of the officials under his custody at his pleasure.
Also, the legislation allows [the king]… to appoint, promote, transfer, demote and remove officials under the King’s custody at his pleasure. He may transfer officials working under him to other agencies and vice versa.
These are remarkable powers and allow for royal interference in every agency of government. Be very worried how they may be used by an unpredictable egoist.