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There's no such thing as vacuum of political power: Yingluck

English.news.cn   2014-04-18 21:05:05

BANGKOK, April 18 (Xinhua) -- There will be no vacuum of political power in Thailand as largely feared by critics of the caretaker government only if all parties concerned follow the rules of law, said acting premier Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday.

The lady leader apparently downplayed criticisms that a vacuum of political power might possibly occur if the Constitutional Court ruled later this month that she be no longer eligible to run the country even in caretaker capacity.

Yingluck, who might possibly be ruled guilty of having abused her powers by unduly transferring a senior government official a few years earlier, contended that she could possibly be replaced as acting premier by one of the acting deputy premiers if she was so unfavorably judged by the court.

That is entirely compatible with the current constitution and established rules of law, she said.

"There is no such thing as a vacuum of political power because the caretaker government is legally obliged to see to it that all significant chores of government will never be left unattended but will always be performed by somebody," she said.

She did not elaborate as to which one of the several acting deputy premiers might take her place as acting premier if the Constitutional Court finally judged her guilty of having transferred Thawil Pliensri from the post of secretary general of the National Security Council to an inactive post of adviser to the Prime Minister.

The Administrative Court earlier ruled such a transfer as " illegitimate", prompting the Yingluck government to reinstate Thawil whose case had consequently found its way to the Constitutional Court.

Yingluck has been fighting the legal battle with documentation and personal witnesses to speak in defense of herself just prior to the court's judgment expected to be delivered later this month.

Meanwhile, the acting premier shrugged off the idea raised by acting justice minister Chaikasem Nitisiri for the caretaker government to appeal to the Thai monarch asking for judgment as to whether or not she could practically continue to run the country, regardless of the court's imminent ruling.

As head of the caretaker government, Yingluck insisted that she be legally empowered to run the country until a post-election government has been set up later this year.

Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn earlier remarked that a new election might be held in July so that parliament could convene in September and an elected government could be set up in October.

The Constitutional Court had ruled the Feb. 2 election as null and void due to the failures of electoral candidates to apply in 28 southern constituencies, known as strongholds of the opposition Democrat Party, which had boycotted the race to parliament.

Anti-government protesters had effectually disrupted the previous election in the Thai capital, southern provinces and elsewhere only to see it ruled as null and void by the court.

The rank and file of the Democrat Party as well as anti- government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who is a former deputy premier and a former secretary general of the party, have persistently demanded that Yingluck be replaced by a non-elected premier who might be named by the monarch under a provision of the constitution.

But supporters of the elected government have argued that a prime minister should only be picked from among elected legislators following nationwide polls as long as democratic rule is concerned.

Editor: chengyang
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