Democrats to sue PM if she refuses to issue decree on Senate session

national April 14, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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THE DEMOCRAT PARTY has threatened to file a lawsuit against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra if she refuses to issue a Royal Decree calling for a special Senate session.

Democrat Party spokesman Ramet Rattanachaweng said the Constitution clearly stipulates that the caretaker Cabinet is entitled to issue a Royal Decree calling for a special Senate session. 
He said Yingluck had always maintained she respected the charter but did not back up her words with actions. 
“In other words, she is not a person one should be associated with,” he said.
The Senate has locked horns with the government after it refused the Senate’s request to call a special session, citing a legal technicality. 
The Senate wants a special session to be reconvened in order to consider impeaching Senate Speaker Nikom Wairatpanij and appoint members to independent agencies including the Supreme Administrative Court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
Political observers believe the government wants to block the Senate from nominating a “neutral PM” for royal endorsement and that is why Yingluck refuses to reconvene the Senate session. 
“Govt fears ‘neutral PM’ being nominated”
The Senate Speaker would nominate a new PM to replace Yingluck if she were suspended from duty, pending the Constitutional Court ruling. Meanwhile, Democrat Party deputy leader Jurin Laksanawisit yesterday labelled ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra a “hypocrite” for urging Thais to forget the past and restart the country during Songkran. 
Thaksin also said the country had been in turmoil because Thais did not respect the rule of law and officials, and this had deepened the national divide.
In a Facebook post, Jurin said: “The country has been in deadlock because of problems that one man [Thaksin] created. 
“For many years, he has not repented and has refused to admit making mistakes. Instead, he forces the state to whitewash him and further divide the country.”
Jurin alleged that Thaksin and his cronies were the ones who did not respect the law. 
“They have said they would not accept court rulings,” he said.
“They have intimidated and pressured courts, accusing judges of discrimination and double standards without thinking about the mistakes they have made.”

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