Prayut will answer opposition questions during censure showdown: govt spokesman
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is confident he can clear all doubts and answer all questions raised by the opposition during a planned no-confidence debate, the government spokesman said on Wednesday.
Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said Prayut expressed confidence a day after the opposition announced it would file a censure motion with six allegations against the government.
Pheu Thai Party leader Cholnan Srikaew said on Monday that the opposition would wait for Parliament to pass amendments to two organic laws on a new, dual-ballot election before the censure motion is submitted. He expected the censure debate to be held in late June or early July.
“The government and especially Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prayut will be able to explain every issue and every point because he is confident he has done nothing wrong,” Thanakorn said.
“The prime minister will take the opportunity to explain and reach an understanding with the people after the opposition has been distorting information to create public confusion.”
The spokesman said the opposition itself might be exposed during the showdown – that it has not done its duty properly.
He said the government and the prime minister have been “administering the country with integrity” and they have been taking “drastic action” against corrupt officials without any nepotism as in past administrations.
“So, the government would like to ask the opposition to carry out its duty with its full effort. They should not act like children crying foul for a chance to become the government,” the spokesman said.
He also challenged the opposition to provide documentary evidence of corruption instead of using only rhetoric during the debate.
On Tuesday, opposition parties held a meeting and resolved to submit a censure motion against the administration based on six allegations.
Those attending the meeting included Cholnan, Phumtham Wechayachai, a member of the Pheu Thai political strategies committee, Sukhumpong Ngonkham, an opposition whip, Seri Ruam Thai Party deputy leader Wirat Warossirin, Puea Chat party-list MP Somkram Kitlertphairoj, and Thai People Power Party leader Supoj Arwas.
Pheu Thai secretary-general Prasert Chanruangthong said the meeting resolved to raise six allegations against the Prayut government:
- The government has committed several failures in country administration.
- The government has intentionally violated the charter and law as well as political ethics.
- The government committed corruption and indulged in nepotism to benefit its affiliates.
- The government has failed to enforce policies that have been delivered to Parliament.
- The government has violated people’s rights and liberties.
- The government has acted in a way that damaged democracy and the parliamentary system.
Prasert said the meeting resolved that the censure will not be held against the entire Cabinet but a motion will be filed against the prime minister and certain other ministers.
He said each opposition party has gathered information and evidence against their censure targets. He declined to elaborate.
The Pheu Thai secretary-general said the meeting agreed that the censure motion would be submitted as soon as possible after the amendment bills to the political party act and the MPs election act are passed in the third reading.
He said the opposition decided to wait until the two amendment bills are passed because it saw a need for the amendments to the organic law for holding the next election. It fears if it holds a censure debate first, there could be a political impasse.
Prasert added that the meeting assigned Chusak Sirinil, chief of the Pheu Thai legal affairs committee, to draw up the censure motion. The draft will later be submitted to the next meeting of opposition parties for approval.