A Convenient Decision?
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A Convenient Decision?

How to get rid of the PM when he won’t resign? We will find out tomorrow.
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/>Bloomberg:
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– Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, facing a second week of calls to quit by anti-government protesters occupying his ceremonial office, said he didn’t break the law by hosting a cooking show.
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/>“I didn’t request any payment,” he told the Constitutional Court today. A group of senators filed a suit against him in May, claiming his appearances violated a ban on cabinet members from working with private companies, prompting him to stop the program.
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/>Samak, who won December elections with the support of poor, rural voters, will be forced to step down if the court rules against him tomorrow. He’s so far defied the 10,000 mostly middle-class Bangkok residents demonstrating at Government House against him, and instead pledged to hold a referendum to resolve the political standoff.
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/>Prior to becoming prime minister, Samak hosted a cooking show called “Tasting, Complaining” for about seven years. He told the court today that he refused payment after he was appointed prime minister, according to state-run NBT Television.
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/>Before that, he received “compensation” instead of a “salary,” he said, without giving further details, and adding that he had no control over the management that produced the show.
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/>“If the court decides to disqualify Samak, it might be one way out of the current crisis,” said Kanin Boonsuwan, a law lecturer at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. “Politically, there is no way” he can return to power.
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/>Ignoring Emergency Decree
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/>The People’s Alliance for Democracy is ignoring the state of emergency imposed in Bangkok aimed at dispersing its members, and has rejected the government’s proposal for a plebiscite. The government plans to ask the Council of State, its legal advisory body, to decide on what will be asked in the national referendum, which may take several months to organize.
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/>Samak says he’s seeking to defend democracy against the demonstrators who want a government that doesn’t include allies of former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, whom they claim is corrupt and forced out in 2006. Samak has pledged to attend a United Nations general assembly in New York Sept. 25 and government spokeswoman Suparat Narkbunnum said the People Power Party plans to re-elect him as prime minister if the court rules against him.
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/>“If he’s disqualified, the Parliament can vote him back,” she said. “We will continue to support him.”

/>BP: Samak would be disqualified under Section 182 of the Constitution. The entire Cabinet is also terminated, per Section 180.
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/>I can’t fathom how they can find him to be an employee, but who knows. It is in the hands of the judiciary and well….