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Yingluck sacked

Yingluck Sacked by Court

7 May 2014

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been removed from office by a ruling of the Constitutional Court on 7 May. According to the court’s ruling, Yingluck had abused her power when she removed Thawil Pliensri as secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC) in 2011. Along with her, nine members of the cabinet who had been part of the decision to transfer Thawil had to leave.

A meeting by the caretaker cabinet following the court decision decided to appoint Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisarn as acting caretaker prime minister.

The Supreme Administrative Court ruled on 7 March that Thawil’s transfer in 2011 had been unjust and that he should be reinstated. Following this ruling, a group of senators led by Paiboon Nititawan filed a petition to the Constitutional Court questioning Ms Yingluck's right to remain in office.

According to the Bangkok Post, she denied all allegations and said she was exercising her administrative authority with the transfer. Thawil had been replaced by then police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree, whose position was taken up by Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong, a relative of Ms Yingluck.

Yingluck’s party said the decision was a ‘new form of coup d’état’. Even though Yingluck had not proposed the transfer, the court ruled that her participation in the process was unlawful.

This ruling follows another ruling by the Constitutional Court in late March that declared the elections unconstitutional as they had not taken place on the same day across the country. The crisis and its impact have been weighing down Thailand’s economy over the last months and Yingluck’s ousting is only prolonging the economic and political paralysis. New elections are scheduled to be held on 20 July, however, the participation of the opposition Democrat party remains questionable.

Yingluck’s Pheu Thai party has called the decision an attempt to overthrow electoral democracy and urged her supporters to demonstrate and file complaints.