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Constitutional Court Dismisses Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

May 9, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

14127100339pThe Constitutional Court has dismissed caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, saying that she abused her power by transferring Secretary-General of the Office of the National Security Council Thawin Pleansri in 2011.

The ruling of the Constitutional Court was made on 7 May 2014 and was broadcast live on television. 

According to the ruling, the transfer of Mr. Thawin was carried out with a hidden political agenda for the benefit of Ms. Yingluck’s family. It was also unconstitutional and unethical. The transfer was carried out in a hurry to pave the way for the appointment of Police General Preophan Dhamapong, brother of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s former wife, Potjaman Na Pombejra, as Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police.

Apart from Ms. Yingluck, nine Cabinet members were also dismissed from office, as they took part in the Cabinet meeting on 6 September 2011 when a resolution to transfer Mr. Thawin was made.

They include Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Police General Pracha Promnog, Mr. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Mr. Plodprasop Suraswadi, Mr. Santi Promphat, General Yuthasak Sasiprapha, Police Captain Chalerm Ubumrung, Mr. Siriwat Kajornprasart, and Group Capain Anudith Nakornthap.

The court ruled that the remainder of the Cabinet can continue to perform their duties. After the court’s ruling, the Cabinet held a special meeting and named Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan Acting Prime Minister.

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