Bangkok governor suspends duty

national March 31, 2014 00:00

By Tanatpong Kongsai
The Nation

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Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Monday announced he was suspending his duties as governor due to legal proceedings that alleged he had benefited from a slanderous election campaign. He said, however, he would be back when the country needed him



From the 1.2 million votes I won, I can’t abandon people who voted for me. We will meet again when the country needs me,” he said in a press conference at City Hall.

Sukhumbhand’s duty suspension is required by law after the Court of Appeals agreed, at the request of the Election Commission (EC), to consider whether a new gubernatorial election should be held in Bangkok.

The EC voted early in March to disqualify Sukhumbhand as the winner of the Bangkok governor election a year ago on allegations he framed his opponent during the election campaign.