Sukhumbhand to resign Tuesday

MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra will formally tender his resignation as Bangkok governor on Tuesday, two days before his term ends, to ensure fair competition in the coming gubernatorial election, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Monday.

  • Published: 7/01/2013 at 05:01 PM
  • Newspaper section: topstories

MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra (Photo by Pattarachai Preechapanich)

MR Sukhambhand is the Democrat Party's chosen candidate for the city election, in which he will seek a second term.

His resignation will take effect from Wednesday, Jan 9, one day before his term expires on Jan 10.

Mr Abhisit said MR Sukhumbhand would submit his resignation to the Interior Ministry after he, eight other individuals and two firms have reported to Department of Special Investigation (DSI) investigators to acknowledge malfeasance charges for entering into a contract to allow the Bangkok Transit System Co (BTSC) to operate skytrain extensions for 30 years without permission from the interior minister.

MR Sukhumbhand wanted his resignation to take effect before Jan 10 to allow fair compeition in the Bangkok governor election, he said.

Under the BMA Act, if the incumbent governor serves out his term the election must be held within 45 days. But in the case of an early resignation, the election must be held within 60 days.

In MR Sukhumbhand's case, this means the election must now be held by March 3, not Feb 19 as earlier scheduled.

Mr Abhisit said MR Sukhumbhand had consulted his lawyers and was confident that despite the charges brought against him he was still qualified to run for re-election.

He called for the ruling Pheu Thai Party to field a candidate under the party's banner to ensure fair competition.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said that after MR Sukhumbhand and other accused report to the investigators they would be fingerprinted and questionned. After that they would be released, without having to apply for bail because they all were high-level officials and executives and permanent residents of Thailand.

Mr Tarit reiterated his earlkier statements that legal action was being taken based solely on the evidence without any intention of influencing MR Sukhumbhand's bid for a second term as BMA governor.

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