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Opposition parties vow to scrutinise Prayut government

Jun 13. 2019
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By The Nation

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Thailand's seven opposition parties are preparing to welcome and scrutinise former junta leader Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's government.

Led by Pheu Thai and Future Forward parties, they convened on Wednesday for more than three hours and said later they would work inside and outside parliament to keep the government in check.

They said they would propose motions to debate the PM’s and MPs’ qualification and the recruitment of the Senate as well as government policies.

Other items included amendments of the Constitution, they added.

While scrutinising parliament was their major focus, the group also placed importance on campaigning for a better understanding of legislation by the public.

“The seven parties would bring hope to the people as a strong opposition that will scrutinise the government,” said Future Forward Party’s secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul. 

“Now, General Prayut Chan-o-cha will actually run the country with a real opposition. So, he can learn how to be a government under democratic rule.”

An opposition whip will be appointed to coordinate the work in addition to a working committee comprising of members from the seven parties.

Pheu Thai's secretary general said that the small parties will have one member each in the whip. Parties with over five MPs will get two seats while the large parties will get 10, he said.

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