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Opposition parties submit motions to ‘switch off’ senators


Opposition parties led by Seri Ruam Thai Party’s Seripisuth Temiyavej, Move Forward’s Pita Limjaroenrat, Wan Muhamad Noor Matha from Prachachart Party, Nikhom Boonvises from Thai People Power Party and Songkram Kitlertphairoj from Pheu Chart Party handed four motions for charter amendment to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai on Thursday (September 10).

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Chuan said the motions will be added to the House agenda on September 23-24, adding that the examination of the four documents will be completed before the due date.

Sutin Klungsang, Pheu Thai Party whip, said some 170 MPs had signed the motion to amend the charter to “switch off” senators’ power to elect a new premier.

Cholnan Srikaew, deputy Pheu Thai leader, said the four motions include amendments to Articles 272 and 152, which revoke senators’ power to elect a premier, and Articles 270 and 271 which reduce senators’ say in reforms.

Other amendments focus on Article 279, which focuses on the National Council for Peace and Order’s authority, and Articles 83, 85, 88, 90, 92, 94 and 105 to improve the electoral system.

Published : September 11, 2020

By : The Nation