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Thai constitutional court accepts petition against caretaker PM

English.news.cn   2014-04-02 23:52:50

BANGKOK, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The Thai Constitutional Court on Wednesday accepted for consideration a petition filed by a group of senators against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The petition submitted by 28 senators argued that Yingluck's order to transfer Thawil Pliensri from the post of secretary- general of the National Security Council (NSC) in 2011 violated the constitution.

The transfer was made to the benefit of Yingluck, it claimed.

Should the court rule against Yingluck, she and her entire cabinet will be removed from office.

The court asked Yingluck to explain herself within 15 days of it receiving the documents backing the petition.

The documents will be submitted to the court as soon as possible, said Somchai Sawaengkarn, one of the 28 senators.

The petition was filed following the Supreme Administrative Court's verdict in March that the transfer of Thawil to the Prime Minister's Office was unlawful and he should be reinstated as the NSC chief.

The move by the Constitutional Court to accept the case will " add more pressure to the current caretaker government and might ultimately lead to some form of forced compromise between the major political wings," legal advisor and political analyst Verapat Pariyawong commented.

Such compromise can be done in various ways, for instance, for the Pheu Thai Party, headed by Yingluck, to agree to various arrangements like a political ban or even "essentially undemocratic but legal constitutional amendments," Verapat said.

"I believe such compromise is a much more convenient road for the anti-government side to achieve a stable transitional guarantee amid uncertain times in next few years, compared to an illegitimate neck-breaking war with the rural uprising which can turn bloody and messy no matter who wins," he said.

Editor: yan
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