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15 Out Of 24 Municipal Council Members Fail To Show At Council Meeting

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15 out of 24 Municipal Council members fail to show at Council meeting

New mayor still unofficial

Nopniwat Krailerg

Once again a majority of Municipal Council members failed to show at the Council meeting that was rescheduled for new Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn to present his administration’s policies to the Council. This time, 15 out of 24 members failed to show at the rescheduled meeting on Thursday, November 26.

On the same day, those 15 members held a press conference at Maninarakorn Hotel to inform the public as to their reasons for not showing. They felt the could not endorse the Mayor’s win given allegations of vote-buying in the election and that his case had not yet been resolved by the Election Commission and the police. They added that they were not happy that the new Mayor had not sent his policies to them for review prior to the meeting as per regulations. Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn could still be declared the official Mayor without the Council’s presence at the meeting, once his written policies are sent out too all members of the Council.

Following the second failed attempt to announce his policies, Tassanai Buranupakorn said that although he could not yet be declared the official Mayor, he would not shirk his duties as Mayor. He added that he planned to do his best as the Mayor, even though he was not yet allowed to issue policies and orders. If he can not announce his policies within 30 days, the alternative, which is to inform to Chiang Mai’s Governor by a written statement as well as send out written policies to the council, will become necessary in order for him to take his position officially.


-- Chiang Mai Mail 2009/12/01


Edited by ChiangMaiMail

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