|Photo taken on May 6, 2014 shows Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand. (Xinhua/Reuter)
BANGKOK, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that the prime minister status of Yingluck Shinawatra was ended for abusing power in a personnel transfer in 2011.
Nine other caretaker cabinet members were also removed from office for their involvement in the transfer.
The court said Yingluck had a hidden agenda in the transfer that was intended to benefit a relative, and she had committed a conflict of interest. As a result, the transfer was illegitimate, unconstitutional and unethical.
The nine deposed cabinet members are Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnog, Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, PM's Office Minister Santi Promphat, Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap, Deputy Defence Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapha and Deputy Commerce Minister Siriwat Kachornprasart.
The court said the remaining cabinet members would continue to perform caretaker duties until a new cabinet takes office.
Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan, earlier acting deputy premier and commerce minister under Yingluck's cabinet, has been appointed as the new caretaker prime minister.
Niwatthamrong used to work as a top executive of Shin Corporation, a private-owned conglomerate earlier owned by the Shinawatra family.
The Pheu Thai Party, core of the caretaker government, denounced the court ruling, calling it a conspiracy to try to topple a democratic government.
In a statement, the party called on people who disagreed with the verdict to express their opposition by peaceful means such as peaceful demonstrations.
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