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Court to decide today on hearing petition from senators to disqualify premier

The Constitutional Court will decide today whether to accept the petition filed by senators to disqualify caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her alleged interference in the transfer of National Security Council secretary-general Thawil Pliensri, said court chief spokesman Pimol Thampitakpong.

The petition was filed after the Supreme Administrative Court's ruling that Thawil be reinstated, as Yingluck's order to transfer him was unlawful.

The senators have taken recourse to Article 91 of the Constitution, appealing to the court to rule on whether Yingluck must be disqualified in accordance with Article 180, 182 (7) 268 and 266 (2) (3).

Pimol said it would take the court at least five days to issue a ruling.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana said that the point about Thawil's transfer is whether the PM has the authority to transfer him. If she has the authority, then she should not be accused of interference.

"It is a separate matter from whether the transfer is lawful or not. Decisions on the transfer of high-ranking officials rest with the Cabinet, so it is not interference but a normal practice,'' he said.

The court would also decide on whether to accept a petition filed by Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order director and caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, seeking an order from the court to stop the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) rally. Chalerm said the PDRC protest was not peaceful and unarmed as they claimed but was an act of sedition and insurrection to bring down a democratic ruling system.


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