Sukhumbhand to resign Wednesday

MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra will resign as Bangkok governor tomorrow, Jan 9, and his resignation will take effect before midnight on the same day.

The governor said on Tuesday he initially planned to submit his resignation today to city clerk Ninnat Chalitanont.

But Mrs Ninnat was still on an official trip abroad and would not be back until tomorrow, so he would instead submit his resignation then, after reporting to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to hear charges over the skytrain extensions contract.

Wasant Meewong, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) spokesman, said that after receiving MR Sukhumbhand's resignation, the city clerk would notify the Election Commission, which would subsequently call a an election to select a new Bangkok governor within 60 days, or by March 3. 

The city clerk would be temporarily in charge of the city administration until the new governor has been endorsed, he said.

MR Sukhumbhand's  term ends on Jan 10,  which would have meant a city election by Feb 17.

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.

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