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Suspended Bangkok governor call offs meeting with Seoul mayor

All Headlines 11:53 August 26, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul metropolitan government on Friday called off a meeting with the governor of Bangkok after Thailand's military government took measures to suspend him from his post on allegations of corruption and misuse of city funds, municipal officials said.

Sukhumbhand Paribatra arrived in Seoul on Thursday to take part in the Day of Bangkok event to mark the 10th anniversary of the two capitals’sister city relationship.

The order suspending Sukhumbhand came after he boarded a flight bound for Seoul that day. Officials from the Seoul regional government learned the news of his suspension from Bangkok officials at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, as they waited for the governor to arrive.

Seoul also called off some of the events in which Sukhumbhand was supposed to participate, but decided to conduct the anniversary activities scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Seoul. It remains to be seen whether the governor of Bangkok will attend them.

"We will hold the celebrations as planned as they are between the two cities, not between the two city leaders," an official at the Seoul metropolitan government said.

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