Govt to set up procedures after Charter Court’s ruling on Feb 2 election


BANGKOK, 26 March 2014  Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assigned the Council of State, Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanjana, and PM’s Office Minister Varathep Ratanakorn to meet up regarding the Constitution Court’s decision to nullify the February 2nd general election. 

The instruction came during yesterday’s cabinet meeting, of which top agendas included the reinstatement of Mr. Thawin Pliensri as the Secretary-General of the National Security Council and the reassignment of Lt. Gen Paradon Patanatabutr as the PM’s advisor.

During the cabinet session, Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul informed the meeting that his ministry had informed the international community regarding the current political situation in Thailand.

Mr. Surapong particularly specified that the Charter Court had ignored the voice of the majority and violated their rights by annulling the polls. He urged the international community to keep a close watch on the turn of events in the kingdom’s political arena.

Prime Minister Yingluck also urged Mr. Surapong, who is also the Chief Advisor of the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) to quickly take legal action against those who have violated the Internal Security Act (ISA). She also instructed officials to beef up security measures at key government premises and residences of prominent political figures after the recent rows of violence.