BANGKOK – The cabinet appointed caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisarn as acting prime minister to replace Ms Yingluck Shinawatra who was removed from the office as a result of the Constitutional Court’s ruling.
Caretaker deputy prime minister Pongthep Thepkanchana said Mr Niwatthamrong will assume the role of acting prime minister until there is a new government after the election.
He said he had assigned the Council of State to seek clarification from the Constitutional Court regarding its ruling to remove the prime minister and nine cabinet ministers from their offices in connection with the transfer of Mr Thawil Pliensri two years ago.
Also, he added that the Council of State would ask for explanation from the court regarding the fate of some ministers who used to serve in the cabinet which was involved in the transfer of Mr Thawil and is now back to the incumbent cabinet.
Mr Pongthep went on to say that the government would meet with the Election Commission this Saturday to discuss preparations for the next election.