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    Bangkok Governor Apirak quits over fire truck scandal

    FIRE FIGHTING TRUCK SCANDAL
    Bangkok Governor Apirak quits
    By The Nation

    Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin announced Wednesday he will resign after national anti-graft commission ruled against him on the fire fighting truck scandal on Tuesday.

    Apirak said his resignation will take effect on November 20 after the royal cremation of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana. Apirak, also Democrat deputy leader, apologised to Bangkokians who elected him to the position as well as Democrat Party who supported him to the post. "I resign from the position although the court has not yet ruled on the case to set standard for Thai politicians and Thai politics," he told a press conference. The NACC will then forward the case to the Court. Apirak told the press conference that he will return after the Court rules on the case.

    The National Anti- Corruption Commission ruled on Tuesday that Apirak is guilty according to the criminal law's Article 157 because the Bt6.7 billion contract, which he signed, was against the Cabinet's resolutions and that it was a reckless action because he had not listed to opposing arguments. Besides Apirak, who won his second four-year term as governor just last month, four ex-ministers, including ex-premier Samak Sundaravej, also faced the NACC's guilty verdict in the same case.

    The NACC said Apirak was guilty of violating Article 157 of the Criminal Code and the Government Procurement Act when he approved a letter of credit to pay for the Bt6.6-billion fire engines and related equipment at the beginning of his first term in office. The payment was made via Krung Thai Bank to an Austrian firm that won the contract to supply the goods. Some of the fire engines have been left to rust over the years, due to the absence of a legal settlement on the deal.

    Former premier Samak was also found guilty in the case because he was Bangkok governor when the contract was made. Other alleged wrongdoers include former interior minister Bhokin Bhalakula and former commerce minister Wattana Muangsuk.

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    Re: Bangkok Governor Apirak quits over fire truck scandal

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    By Wannapa Phetdee,
    Yossawadee Hongthong
    Daily Xpress

    The knives are out after Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin's resignation: three candidates for the post plot together

    The Democrat Party, reeling from the resignation of Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin over the fire-truck scandal, will have to fight a fierce city by-election if Chuwit Kamolvisit has his way.

    Chuwit is proposing that hopeful candidates team up against the Democrat Party's replacement.

    Team of three

    Chuwit's idea is to invite two other former candidates, Prapat Chongsanguan and Dr Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, to form a team to compete in the next election.

    "I will probably ask Prapat to head the team, with Kriengsak and I acting as deputies," Chuwit said.

    Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayodhin announced his resignation after the National Counter Corruption Commission said on Monday that he would be prosecuted for involvement in the Bt6.8-billion fire-truck scandal.

    Prapat as leader

    Prapat says he is giving serious consideration to Chuwit's idea.

    "The three of us have the same goal and similar policies," he said. "We all want to see Bangkok developing in the right way."

    Kriengsak is also reported to be interested.

    Democrats decide

    Meanwhile Bangkokians have decisions of their own to make for the new election. Apirak received 991,018 votes in last month's run-off - close to the combined total of 1,144,155 for Prapas, Chuwit and Kriengsak. Leena Jangjanja, another former candidate, vowed she would compete again.

    Apirak's resignation will take effect on Wednesday, starting the countdown to fresh gubernatorial elections on January 11, 2009. Now, the Democrat Party has the task of finding a new candidate for the post. An anonymous party source said Democrat deputy leader Korn Chatikavanij, Bangkok MP MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra and deputy Bangkok Governor Prakob Jirakitti are being considered.

    "Korn would be the most promising candidate," the source confided. "However, he wants to stay in national politics, with hopes of eventually becoming finance minister."

    Korn yesterday said he would comply with the party's wish if it wanted him as its candidate.

    People Power Party MP Suwat Wannasirikul said the party's Bangkok MPs would discuss their choice of candidate on Thursday evening. Suwat's vote goes to Prapat.

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    Re: Bangkok Governor Apirak quits over fire truck scandal

    Looks like the NACC people are finally working! Applause!
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