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Senate Speaker Nikom Wairatpanich on Wednesday forwarded to the Constitution Court a senators' petition seeking a ruling on whether Varathep Rattanakorn is qualified for a cabinet post. 

The petition was submitted to Mr Nikom by 24 senators led by Prasarn Maruekhapitak, a senator in the Group of 40, . It argued that Mr Varathep might not be eligible for a cabinet position.

Mr Varathep was convicted and given a two-year suspended jail sentence in 2009 for malfeasance in connection with the two- and three-digit lottery while he was serving as a deputy finance minister in the Thaksin Shinawatra government.

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