Disqualified MPs shall resign from cabinet before re-election: Thai PM

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Friday that recent disqualified MPs should resign from their cabinet portfolios before running in their re-elections.

Abhisit said he has already discussed the matter with Deputy Interior Minister Boonjong Vongtrirat, one of the six MPs losing their parliamentary seats on a ruling by the Constitution Court, about quitting his cabinet seat before running in re-election, according to a report of Bangkok Post online.

Boonjong said he needed to first consult with other executives of his Bhumjaithai Party, a partner in Abhisit's coalition government, according to Abhisit.

Apart from Boonjong, Deputy Transport Minister Kuakul Danchaiwijit of Chart Thai Pattana Party, another coalition partner, was also disqualified as a member of the House of Representatives by the court.

The law does not require the two deputy ministers to resign from their cabinet posts before running in the by-elections tentatively set for December 12.

Abhisit made the comments after Suthep Thaugsuban, the secretary general of Abhisit's Democrat Party, resigned as the deputy prime minister for security affairs before running in the by-election in southern Surat Thani province last week, which he won by a landslide.

The other four House members disqualified on Wednesday for holding shares in media companies or companies holding concessions with the state do not hold any cabinet seat.

Source: Xinhua

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