via ThaiWomanTalks … an important post providing context around the recent ‘judicial coup’ and now (May 19) imposition of ‘martial law’ in Thailand
On May 7, 2014, the Constitutional Court ousted caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra from office for abusing her power in transferring the former national security chief Thawil Pliensri.
The Court said in its unanimous 9-0 ruling that the transfer was “unconstitutional,” that although Ms. Yingluck had the power to transfer an official the Thawil transfer benefited her family (the new national security chief appointed by Yingluck government is a brother of her brother’s ex-wife – see more details). The Court did not only remove Yingluck from office but also nine other ministers who were members of the Cabinet at the time of the transfer was made.
The Court reasoned that there was no evidence of Thawil being ineffective, and that “transferring government officials must be done in accordance with moral principle… Transferring with a…
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