The Democrat Party on Tuesday filed a petition with Senate Speaker Teeradej Meepien seeking the removal from office of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul over the re-issuing of an ordinary Thai passport for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Democrat legal team member Wirat Kallayasiri and MP for Songkhla province Chaiwut Phongphaew filed the petition on behalf of the party. They asked the senate speaker to forward it to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for consideration.
Mr Wirat said the petition was signed by 145 MPs, more than the required 125. He believed it would take about 15 days for the Senate to verify the signatories' names and qualifications.
He said the party wanted Mr Surapong removed because he re-issued a passport for Thaksin despite the fact that the former prime minister was sentenced to a jail term by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions in the Ratchadapisek land case.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (left) and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul (Photo by Kosol Nakachol)
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