But it wasn't clear whether the Socialists would be able to secure a two-thirds majority for an impeachment request to pass. After parliament's vote, the final verdict comes from the Constitutional Court.
Meta’s press office didn't respond immediately to a request for comment but he wrote on his Facebook page “Don't deal with ‘stun grenades’ but with the investigation of the electoral crimes!”
The opposition too has claimed the vote was manipulated.
Meta’s post is largely ceremonial, with some powers over the judiciary and the armed forces. His role is also generally understood to be apolitical but he has often clashed with Rama’s government.
Meta started his political career with the Socialist Party, but later left it to form the smaller left-wing Socialist Movement for Integration, or LSI. In 2017, when he was elected president for a five-year term, he left the LSI leadership to his wife.
Meta has said he will rejoin the LSI next year when his presidential term is over.
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