Yongyuth resigns from leadership, MP's seat
- Published: 4/10/2012 at 04:26 PM
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The ruling Pheu Thai Party will hold a meeting in 60 days to elect a new executive committee following the resignation of Yongyuth Wichaidit, who stepped down as party leader and party list MP on Thursday.
The term of the party's entire executive committee will terminate once the Election Commission acknowledges Mr Yongyuth's resignation.
Mr Yongyuth's resignation from the House of Representatives will also see Malinee Inchat, the 71st candidate on the party list, take over his seat.
Mr Yongyuth announced his decision, effective from today, at the party headquarters in the presence of other party executives, MPs, staff and others who turned up in a show of moral support.
He said although the Council of State and the Civil Service Comission confirmed that he was, at this time, still qualified to hold on to both political posts, he opted to resign to prevent the party from being criticised as lacking in ethics or respect for the rule of the law.
"I consulted the prime minister and Thaksin Shinawatra over this matter. They respect my decision.
"Whether or not I will return as party leader is a matter of the future. Don't ask me, because this has not happened," he said, insisting that he did not act under pressure.
Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said this was Mr Yongyuth's second important decision to allow the party to be restructured and allow members of a newer generation to fill his former positions while he awaits official rulings on his eligibility to serve on the cabinet, to hold the party leadership, and to be an MP.
Mr Yongyuth had earlier resigned from the dual posts of deputy prime minister and interior minister after the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) found he committed malfeasance in handling the Alpine land case in 2002 when he was deputy interior permanent secretary, and the Interior Ministry's civil service committee subsequently dismissed him, retroactive to 2002. Mr Yongyuth, as acting permanent secretary, approved the illegal sale of monastic land for development as a golf course and resort,
The Pheu Thai spokesman said Mr Yongyuth had shown political spirit and set a political standard in not clinging to any position.
His actions in resigning were not to evade being scrutinised, Mr Prompong said.
On Wednesday, the Democrat Party filed a request, backed by 62 MPs, asking House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont to ask the Constitution Court to rule whether Mr Yongyuth is still qualified to be Pheu Thai leader and an MP.
Prime Minister Yingluck said Mr Yongyuth made his own decision to resign, without being pressured and she respected his intentions. Despite his resignation, Mr Yongyuth would continue to work for the party, she said.
The party will have to look for a new leader, she added.
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