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UPDATED: 14:05, March 01, 2006
Thai senators aim to use constitution clause to oust Thaksin
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Thai Senators critical of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will seek to invoke Section 7 of the constitution after his resignation and ask His Majesty the King to install an interim government, the Bangkok Post said on Wednesday.

Senator Sak Korsaengruang made the announcement Tuesday in the presence of more than 30 senators.

He said the senators will sign a declaration calling on Thaksin to resign by Friday and propose the invocation of Section 7.

"We are asking him nicely to step down so the people of Thailand can finally carry on with their lives," he said.

Sen Chirmsak Pinthong said when a prime minister and his cabinet resign after House dissolution, and a new leader cannot be chosen, the only solution is to apply Section 7.

Section 7 states that customs and conventions practiced under the constitutional monarchy will be applied in situations not covered by the constitution.

"The norm in the past is for His Majesty the King to establish an impartial interim government which would steer the country toward political reform and finally a fresh election. This is what our group thinks is appropriate," he was quoted as saying.

Sen Chirmsak said invoking Section 7 is not in any way bypassing the constitution since the constitution itself has come to a dead end.

Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva Tuesday welcomed the senators ' move, saying Section 7 could provide a way out of the crisis while Thaksin had insisted on having things his own way.

But Thai Rak Thai deputy leader Pokin Polakul said that invoking Section 7 would be unfair to Thaksin.

The former House speaker said there were rules to follow and if members failed to play by the rules, society would face anarchy.

"We have to respect the system. We cannot follow our own standards. Morality and ethics are totally different issues. We have to stick to the rules first," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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