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Two Chart Thai Pattana ministers see no need to vacate House seats

Aug 24. 2019
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By The Nation

Two ministers from the Chart Thai Pattana Party have said they will not give up their House seats as they are quite confident they can function both as Cabinet members and parliamentarians, party leader Kanchana Silpa-archa said on August 24. 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recently instructed Cabinet members, who are also party-list MPs, to give up their seats in Parliament so other candidates can have a chance. He also said that this would ensure that the coalition, which has a very slim majority even though it comprises 19 parties, will not be beaten during votes. 

Kanchana, meanwhile, said she believes the two ministers can manage their time well enough to not to have to miss House meetings. 

As for the opposition’s plan to grill Prayut for his alleged failure to read the entire oath as required by the Constitution, Kanchana said she has instructed all 10 MPs of her party to attend. 

The coalition whips have said a special House session will be convened in September for the debate.

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