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House speaker warns MPs to behave when new Thai parliament sits tomorrow

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PHOTO: “Behave!” – House Speaker Chuan Leekpai – Thai PBS

The first sitting of the new parliament will be tomorrow (Thursday) when the coalition government, led by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, will lay out the policies of the government. And MPs are being warned to behave ahead of time.

Members of parliament are being warned by the speaker of the house to be disciplined and to refrain from unruly behaviour during the two-day debate on the government policy statement.

Parliament president and House Speaker Chuan Leekpai held a meeting yesterday with the parliamentary whips from government and opposition parties and the Senate to discuss time limits debate on the motions arising from the opening speeches.

It was agreed at the meeting that the entire debate would take about 28.5 hours, starting at 9.30am and end at between midnight and 1 am of the next day. The debate will resume on Friday at the same time and to end at the same time.

The opposition parties are allotted 13.5 hours for the debate, while the government parties are given 5.

Previously during parliamentary meetings, MPs resorted to heckling to disrupt the speeches of their rival members, triggering counter protests and unnecessary delays.

Meanwhile, the Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul announced that it will focus on debating on the government’s policies and will not challenge individual ministers, including PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Piyabutr said that his debate would concentrate on the issues of democracy, human rights and decentralization, adding that the government policy statement spared only two paragraphs to mention constitutional amendments, without any commitment being made by the government.

Meanwhile PM Prayut and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan are expected to be the main focus of the opposition Pheu Thai party.

Pheu Thai spokesman Anusorn Iam Sa-ard questioned the presence of Deputy PM Prawit at the seminar of the Palang Pracharat MPs, at an illegal resort in Nakhon Ratchasima province, pointing out that the he is not a party member “but an outsider who may exercise influence over the party.”

The PM is expected to be grilled on his qualifications to be prime minister, due to his status as head of the new defunct NCPO – the military government that ran Thailand from 2014 until last week.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Nine minor parties convinced to stick with government

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PHOTO: Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao, somehow negotiated the dissident MPs back into the coalition

Nine disaffected smaller parties in the governing coalition, who earlier threatened to break away to form an independent opposition bloc, have been convinced to stay in the Palang Pracharat coalition and have vowed to support the government.

Ten single-MP parties showed signs of a rift after eight of them yesterday didn’t show up at a restaurant meeting arranged by a member to discuss their current role in the new government. The change of heart leaves the leader of the dissident Thai Civilised Party, Mongkolkitti Suksintharanont, as the only dissident in the independent opposition bloc.

They were supposed to meet with Mongkolkitti for a news conference yesterday to announce the formation of the independent opposition bloc. But earlier they met with controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao, the Palang Pracharat party’s strategic chief for the northern region, who had been assigned by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to convince the nine small parties to stay in the coalition.

They were seen holding hands with Thammarat and proclaiming their loyalty to PM Prayut after the meeting.

Thai PBS reports that, over the weekend, the smaller parties (basically single member MPs) felt they had been ignored by Palang Pracharat, the core party in the coalition, when they were denied any ministerial portfolios or any political appointments.

Pichet Sathirachawan, the leader of Palangdham Mai, announced after the meeting, that the smaller parties could have bargained for a ministerial post, but they had not “for the sake of the country.”

Pichet claimed that the recent move by his party and four other smaller parties to form an independent opposition block was intended to send a message to the government about their demands and the response was positive.

For instance, he said he had asked for the post of the chairman of Thai Trade Representatives, but this was not possible because he would have to resign as an MP as required by the Constitution. Since he could not assume the post himself, he will send a nominee to hold the post, said Pichet.

Thammanat, meanwhile, says that the smaller parties will be given political appointments for their support of the government. Since the MPs are reluctant to relinquish their MP status, they will send their nominees to assume those posts on their behalf. He says he expects the cabinet to endorse another batch of political appointees from the smaller parties at its meeting on August 20.

Meanwhile, the cabinet yesterday approved a host of political appointees attached to different ministries, apparently to satisfy the ex-MPs and close associates of the four main coalition parties, namely Palang Pracharat, Democrat, Bhumjaithai Thai and Chart Thai Pattana. The smaller parties were again ignored.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Thai coalition will meet with disgruntled MPs today

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PHOTO: Thai PM praying he can glue back all the pieces of the Palang Pracharat coalition after weekend defection threats

With defections threatened from disgruntled minor coalition partners, Palang Pracharat has been shocked into coming up with packages of party positions to try and ‘keep them happy’ amidst threats to the coalition’s majority.

The Palang Pracharath Party is looking to award a “political position” to some of the single MP parties. Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will hold talks with the group later this week following their weekend threats to defect from the coalition government.

A number of the 10 small (single MP) parties have openly stated they are not happy with the current allocation of government posts and are reportedly threatening to serve independently as independent people’s MPs.

In a bid to mollify disgruntled MPs, Palang Pracharat’s leadership team say they will award a ministerial assistant posts. The new appointments are likely to be approved at today’s Cabinet meeting.

It is reported that up to nine small parties will make announcements about their positions on the problems they are having working as part of the Palang Pracharat coalition later today.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Government faces no-confidence vote with loss of five independent MPs

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The Government was sworn in less than a month ago on July 17, but already faces the prospect of a no confidence motion on its ability to control the lower house majority after five MPs pulled out of the 19-party coalition bloc.

Last week the ruling Government lost a vote on the floor over the role of the House Speaker. Two independent MPs, initially signed up for the Palang Pracharat coalition, decided to vote against the government over the issue.

Now the Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong is playing down worries about the government’s stability after five small parties, with one MP each, walked away from the ruling coalition and formed their own independent opposition bloc.

He said he still believes that political matters could be resolved through talks and exchange of opinions, and there was nothing to worry about.

Recently, Mongkolkit Suksintaranon, leader of the Thai Civilized Party, said that five small parties – Thai Civilized Party, Palung Thai Ruk Thai Party, New Democrat Party, Thai People’s Justice Party, and Thai Teachers for People Party – who together have five house seats, had decided to leave the ruling coalition and work as an independent opposition.

Their decision leaves the government with the support of 246 MPs, the same number as the opposition, plus the new bloc of five MPs.

If the five independent parties join the opposition in a no-confidence motion the Government would, mathematically, lose the vote by five. But there has been some fluid voting with some of the MPs walking the floor over various matters so nothing can be predicted until a vote is taken on the floor.

The House Speaker and Deputy House Speaker, both from the Coalition parties, are required by convention to abstain from voting.

SOURCE: The Nation

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