Bangkok governor sacked by junta

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BANGKOK - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Tuesday invoked Article 44 of the interim Constitution to sack Sukhumbhand Paribatra as the governor of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

The order, which Prayut signed as the chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), also removed all deputy BMA governors.

The order also appointed Pol Gen Assawin Kwanmuang, a deputy BMA governor, as the new governor. Assawin was also empowered to appoint for deputies.

The NCPO chief issued an order on August 25 to suspend Sukhumbhand from duty pending an investigation into alleged irregularities in several projects of the BMA carried out when Sukhumbhand headed the city administration.

The new order stated that the investigation would still need more time while Sukhumbhand's tenure is running out while a new gubernatroial election cannot be held because of a coup order.

The latest order stated that the running of the city administration will have to continue so a new BMA governor needs to be appointed pending a new election or a further order from the NCPO chief.

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