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Stop and listen, opposition MPs tell Prayut

Jul 18. 2019
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha
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By The Nation

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Opposition MPs urged the prime minister on Thursday to pay heed to comments from politicians at next week’s parliamentary debate on the new government’s policies.

They also reminded Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who doubles as defence minister, that he is now leading an elected government, not a post-coup junta. 

Pheu Thai MP Paijit Sriworakhan, a Nakhon Phanom representative, said the PM should be open-minded and adjust his attitude towards politicians and members of Parliament. 

“This way, both sides can work together for the best interest of the public,” Paijit said, adding that during the debate, opposition MPs will present their opinions and suggestions for improving the policies. 

“The prime minister has to listen because he is the leader of an elected government. He can no longer play the role of a top military commander,” Paijit said. 

General Prayut was the commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army when he staged a coup in May 2014 to oust an elected government.

Pheu Thai MP Adisorn Piengket from Khon Kaen also said Prayut should listen to what MPs have to say at the debate instead of cutting them short. “He needs to adjust himself. He is now a prime minister in a democracy, not a government leader who gained his power through a coup,” he said. 

He also said that Prayut should attend the weekly House of Representatives meeting to prove his government’s claim that it will adhere to a democratic system. 

Meanwhile, a source close to Prayut said the PM is scheduled to meet the MPs of coalition leader Phalang Pracharat Party on July 24. 

The meeting, at a yet-to-be-confirmed venue in Bangkok, will take place on the eve of the parliamentary debate on July 25. This get-together is being held so Prayut and Phalang Pracharat MPs can exchange views and get to know one another, the source said.

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