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Sukhumbhand to be suspended as court set to review case

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra will soon have to stop working as he faces legal proceedings for allegedly benefiting from a slanderous campaign.

Although Sukhumbhand was not personally engaged in the so-called campaign, it was said to have helped him win last year's election to return as city governor.

So, the Election Commission (EC) recommended that a new gubernatorial election be held in Bangkok, with Sukhumbhand allowed to stand again.

However, the final decision on whether a new gubernatorial election will be held will depend on a ruling from the Court of Appeals.

Pending court review, Sukhumbhand is required by law to stop working. He will hand the job over to his first deputy Pusadee Tamthai until a final decision is made.

"We will officially inform Sukhumbhand that the court has agreed to look into this case," EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said yesterday.

An informed source said a letter from the EC would possibly reach Sukhumbhand next Monday. The court is scheduled to look into evidence from both sides on April 3.

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