Aswin to resign as Bangkok governor Thursday

Aswin to resign as Bangkok governor Thursday

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang visits a new flood drainage facility in Chatuchak district on March 14. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang visits a new flood drainage facility in Chatuchak district on March 14. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Wednesday he will resign on Thursday, reaffirming his intention to run in the gubernatorial election tentatively set for May 22.

Pol Gen Aswin, who was appointed to the position by the previous coup government, was speaking after opening a new building at Public Health Service Centre 51 in Soi Phahon Yothin 24 of Chatuchak district.

He said would submit his resignation letter to Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda on Thursday, one day ahead of the Election Commission's expected official announcement of the dates for the election of district councillors and administrators of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Pattaya City on Friday.

He would publicly outline his plans on Thursday and would reply then to reporters' questions, he said.

Pol Gen Aswin's resignation will also end the terms of his team of politically appointed deputies and administrators. Their duties will be taken over by the city clerk and permanent city officials until the new team of administrators is in place.

Pol Gen Aswin is a retired police officer and was appointed city governor by the National Council for Peace and Order on Oct 18, 2016.

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