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THAILAND: CHEEP GETS UNANIMOUS NOD AS SUPREME COURT PRESIDENT

BANGKOK-- The Judicial Commission has voted unanimously to approve the nomination of Supreme Court vice president Cheep Jullamon to become its next president.

He will replace current Supreme Court president Veerapol Tuhnsuwan, who retires at the end of September.

Cheep, who is one of the commission's 15 members, left the meeting room before the vote was taken on his nomination at the Office of the Judiciary. All the remaining 14 members of the Judicial Commission voted for him.

He will assume office on Oct 1, becoming the 44th president of the country's highest court.

Cheep has a bachelor's degree in law from Ramkhamhaeng University, and he will be the first graduate from the open university to become the Supreme Court president. He also obtained a master's degree in public administration from Chulalongkorn University.

Before his current post, as the first vice president of the Supreme Court, he had served in key positions at civil and criminal courts, as well as being Appeal Court vice president and Supreme Court chief justice.

Last week, Cheep was nominated to become the next Supreme Court president after the most senior candidate, Appeal Court chief Sirichai Wattanayothin, failed to get support from the Judicial Commission's selection subcommittee.

The selection panel had resolved not to nominate Sirichai but no reason was disclosed.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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