Thai court finds premier guilty of violating constitution

Other News Materials 9 September 2008 15:24 (UTC +04:00)

Thailand's Constitution Court on Tuesday found the country's cooking-crazed Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej guilty of violating the charter for hosting a culinary television show after he had assumed office in February, forcing him out of office, reported dpa.

Although the court's guilty verdict immediately deprived Samak of the premiership, the constitution allows him to return to the post if members of parliament vote him back to power.

"His premiership is over, and the term of the cabinet has also expired, although according to the constitution they must remain as an acting government until there is a new prime minister and cabinet," said Constitution Court Judge Chat Chawakorn.

The nine judges voted unanimously that Samak had violated the charter's provision against holding a second job while in office. He became prime minister February 6.