Thai Govt to push ahead with poll

Thai Govt to push ahead with poll
Interim Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan said yesterday that he will ensure the upcoming general election can proceed uninterrupted after Yingluck Shinawatra was dismissed yesterday as PM by the Constitutional Court for abuse of power.

Interim Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan said yesterday that he will ensure the upcoming general election can proceed uninterrupted after Yingluck Shinawatra was dismissed yesterday as PM by the Constitutional Court for abuse of power.

"I will also take care of the people and the economy," he added.

The court ruled unanimously that Yingluck and nine 2011 Cabinet members had abused their power to remove Thawil Pliensri as secretary-general of the National Security Council in the interest of her family.

Niwattumrong was qualified to take the job as he ranked second in seniority to Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who was also discharged, said Prompong Nopparit, spokesman for the ruling Pheu Thai Party.

"Niwattumrong is capable and experienced, as he has served the administration for a long time. He will be able to coordinate all parties for the benefit of the people," he said.

Yingluck had been in office for two years, nine months and two days since her Pheu Thai Party won the 2011 election. Her victory displeased the elite and urban middle class, which decided she was merely a clone of Thaksin, her elder brother, who was deposed by a military coup in 2006.

Her attempt through an amnesty bill to engineer a pardon for Thaksin, who was sentenced to prison, sparked a series of mass protests in Bangkok led by the opposition ally People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

In a statement after the charter court's judgement, Yingluck said she was proud of performing the duty of prime minister for the past years. Her regret was not having a chance to serve the country and the people any more.

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