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Senators to ask Constitutional Court to rule on state of emergency declaration

A group of 40 senators will ask the Constitutional Court to rule whether the government has violated the charter by declaring a state of emergency in Bangkok and nearby provinces, one of them said Wednesday.

Paibul Nititawan, an appointed senator and member of the group, said the declaration of state of emergency definitely violated Article 181 (4) and Article 237.

Paibul said Article 181 prohibited the government from using state personnel to gain advantage in an election and Article 237 prohibited any political party from doing anything that would allow them to have an advantage in the election.

Paibul said he would file a petition with the court on Thursday and the court would be asked to conduct an urgent hearing.

He said the government was preparing to use some 12,000 policemen and troops to enforce the state of emergency so the personnel would help the ruling Pheu Thai to have an advantage in the February 2 election.

Paibul said caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan were present at a Cabinet meeting that resolved to declare the state of emergency, thus their Pheu Thai party would stand to gain from the action.


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