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Phalang Pracharat considers having ministers resign from MPs 

Jun 20. 2019
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Coalition leader Phalang Pracharat Party is considering having successful ministerial candidates who are list MPs leave the House of Representatives to prevent work overload.

The party secretary-general, Sontirat Sontijirawong, said on Thursday the party was discussing the issue but had yet to reach any conclusion. 

The matter was multifaceted, the politician said, admitting that the party was working on allocation of political positions to its members. 

Also being taken into consideration was the fact that the coalition had a slim majority in the lower house and any changes to it could affect the parliamentary majority, Sontirat added. 

Other coalition partner parties did not have to take the same approach, Sontirat said. 

Phalang Pracharat’s five list MPs, Nattapol Teepsuwan, Suriya Juangroongruangkit, Puttipong Punnakanta, Somsak Thepsutin and Santi Prompat, were the ministerial candidates that are expected to resign from the lower house to give way for the party’s other list MP candidates to replace them.

A source in the party said that traditionally the ministerial candidates must step down as MPs because the previous charters prohibited ministers who were MPs from voting on certain issues in the house.

But unlike its predecessor, this Constitution allowed the ministers who are MPs to vote in the censure motion.

The MPs who are ministerial candidates may not want to abandon their status in the house because if they were reshuffled from the Cabinet, they would be left with no political positions at all.

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