Pongthep: Abhisit not qualified as MP
- Published: 13/11/2012 at 12:30 PM
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Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is not qualified to hold a seat in the House of Representatives because he has been dismissed from military service and stripped of his military rank, Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana said on Tuesday.
Mr Pongthep said he voiced this opinion as a member of the Pheu Thai Party's legal team.
Section 102 (6) of the constitution regarding qualifications of MPs prohibits a person who has been sacked from the government service from contesting an election for the House of Representatives. Mr Abhisit was in this category, Mr Pongthep said.
On Mr Abhisit's peition asking the Administrative Court to revoke the Defence Ministry's order dismissing him retroactively from the military, saying it was illegal, Mr Pongthep said the Democrat Party leader could not do this.
According to the law on the establishment of the Administrative Court, the court does not have the jurisdiction to consider a case involving a military disciplinary action, he added.
Mr Pongthep said the Pheu Thai Party had not yet considered whether to ask the Election Commission or the Constitution Court to rule on Mr Abhisit's qualifications.
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