Parliament debate targeting PM Prayut may take place next month

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23 Aug 19 -The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chuan Leekpai, said a motion by the opposition to stage a non-binding debate concerning alleged constitutional violations by the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, will likely be on the Parliament's agenda in early September, with the administration letting on the Prime Minister may appoint a representative to handle the session.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Prof. Dr. Wissanu Krea-ngam, explained that while the Prime Minister is compelled by parliamentary regulations to appear in response to a motion, according to Article 152 he may appoint a representative to act in his place during a debate. Prof. Dr. Wissanu added the Secretariat to the Prime Minister has already issued a statement to the Office of the Ombudsman concerning the government's incomplete oath-swearing but said he does not know if the statement will be presented by Gen. Prayut before the House.


House Speaker Chuan indicated that the motion for a debate will be made agenda next month due to over 50 Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators having to take part in the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) next week, suspending Parliament gatherings. He said the government needs time to prepare for such a session, while admitting that the debate may take place during a regular Parliament meeting or a special conference may take place.


The latest Parliament sitting discussed a range of public issues including road and lighting work as well as water shortages. One query that received considerable attention was posed to the Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Warawut Silapa-acha (วราวุธ ศิลปอาชา), concerning maritime waste and the recent death of the baby dugong, Mariam.


Warawut made known his office has collected over 16 tons of waste from Thailand’s oceans over the past four months alone despite measures to reduce pollution.  He urged all Thais to contribute to the effort to keep the nation's waters clean.


Afterward, the House Speaker addressed a violation of Article 185 of the charter by the Palang Pracharath Party MP for Bangkok, Sira Jenjaka (สิระ เจนจาคะ), who criticized a police officer while in Phuket province. Mr. Chuan acknowledged the transgression and asked that all MPs protect against such acts.


Meanwhile, the former leader of the New Economics Party (NEP), Mingkwan Sangsuwan (มิ่งขวัญ แสงสุวรรณ), together with a group of five party-list MPs held a press conference, affirming that his party will remain in the opposition camp. Mingkwan said his party will work in unity to support both sides of the House and will focus on economic issues that are causing hardship to the people.

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