Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha invoked Section 44 of the interim constitution to remove M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra as Bangkok governor and appoint one of the four deputy governors, Pol Gen Asawin Kwanmuang, as the new governor.
The three other deputy governors were also removed from their offices by virtue of Order 64/2559 issued by the prime minister in his capacity as head of the National Council for Peace and Order. The order was published in the Royal Gazette and became effective as of Tuesday.
The order empowers Pol Gen Asawin to appoint no more than four deputy governors who will help him perform the duties until there is the gubernatorial election in Bangkok or until there is a change of the NCPO order.
While the gubernatorial election cannot be held in the foreseeable, the NCPO said that there is a need for a city administration which is fully authorized to make decisions, to take actions or to administer with effectiveness and to restore confidence in city officials and people in Bangkok especially on issues regarding public safety, cleanliness, prevention and mitigation of public disasters, traffic management and providing conveniences to the people during the period when important ceremonies are being held.
Governor Sukhumbhand has been suspended from active duty since August 25 after he was placed under investigation for alleged corruption.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)