PM’s secretary general: Govt must carry on duty until new govt can be formed


BANGKOK, 8 March 2014 According to the Prime Minister’s secretary general, the government must remain in power until the new government has been established. 

Prime Minister’s Secretary General Suranand Vejjajiva has posted a message on his Facebook page, saying the cabinet must carry on its duty until the appointment of the new administration is completed as stipulated in Article 181 of the Constitution. He said all ministers must remain in positions until the new cabinet is finalized.

In the meantime, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has submitted a petition to the Charter Court, asking it to rule on the status of the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra-led government.

The petition cited Article 127 of the Constitution, which clearly states that the House session must start within 30 days after the general election, which was held on February 2nd. Therefore, Miss Yingluck should no longer remain in office.

According to Chaiyuth Charnnarong, PDRC representative, the Feb 2 election has already been nullified as the general election could not be held in one single day as required by the charter.

Mr. Chaiyuth also asked the court to rule on the possibility of applying Article 7 of the Constitution in a bid to appoint a neutral prime minister who will lead an interim government.