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Senators question PM's authority

Senators will ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the status of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after the unlawful 2011 transfer of former National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri.

Following the Supreme Administrative Court ruling on Friday that the transfer of Thawil to an advisory role attached to PM's Office was unlawful, Senator Paiboon Nititawan said that tomorrow he and at least one-tenth of all senators would petition the Constitutional Court to rule on the status of the premier.

The petition will state that she abused her power to benefit herself and her party.

But Pheu Thai party-list MP candidate and legal expert Kanin Boonsuwan claimed the court ruling meant an independent entity was interfering in the work of the Administrative Branch without a mandate.

Reshuffling top senior officials required a Cabinet resolution and royal endorsement. Therefore, the court ruling could be deemed interference, Kanin said.

Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said that despite the ruling the government had the right to pick Paradorn as he was the best person to be in charge of national security.

Responding to anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban's remark that Thawil was the victim of the so-called Thaksin regime, Anusorn said Paradorn was also a victim as he was transferred during the Abhisit Vejjajiva government. He said that Thawil had worked in harmony with Suthep when the latter was deputy prime minister.

He said Paradorn, as then deputy NSC chief, and then NSC secretary-general Lt-General Surapol Puanayaka were transferred before Thawil got the job.

Anusorn said Thawil would have difficulty working with the Yingluck government and sarcastically remarked that he would be better served spending his time preparing a defence over the 2010 crackdown that killed scores of red shirts.

Abhisit and Suthep have been charged with murder over the crackdown.

The Supreme Administrative Court upheld the Central Administrative Court' ruling in relation to Thawil.


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