Samak Gone
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Samak Gone

UPDATE: OP notes in a comment, from the BBC:
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[court] said Mr Samak gave “conflicting testimony”.
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/>There was also an attempt to fabricate evidence “to hide his actions”, the judge said.
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/>BP: Hmm, might this sink him?
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/>The Nation:
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Urgent: The court disqualifies Samak.
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/>Six judges considered Samak to be the “employee” while three others considered Samak a business partner of the studio, a constitutional offence in both cases.
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/>The court said evidence presented by Samak that he was only given transport fees for hosting the show “contradicted” payment evidence by the studio, Face Media.
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/>The court went strong on the principles laid down by the Constitution against conflicts of interests. The judges pointed out that using definitions of “employ”, “employer” and “employee” from different laws are not enough to tell whether the will of the Constitution has been violated.

/>BP: Actually they become a caretaker Cabinet. No word yet on whether Samak is also the caretaker PM. Banharn has publicly refused to be the next PM saying he can’t withstand the political pressure. Multiple people from PPP are quoted as saying they will vote for Samak again – while the court has said he is not qualified, there is no punishment, as if he is now no longer an employee or business partner, he becomes qualified again so can be voted back in.
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/>However, Matichon reports that the chief government whip as saying after the verdict that PPP supports Samak as PM, but the only quote they provide is a cryptic statement saying “the head of the party must be the PM” (“ผมยังยืนยัน หัวหน้าพรรค ก็ยังต้องเป็นนายกรัฐมนตรี”) . Samak is now the head of PPP, but he can be replaced.
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/>So will Samak be voted back in? Someone else? One assumes now if there is no longer a PM, parliament cannot be dissolved.