BANGKOK, 16th August 2019 (NNT) - The Opposition has filed a motion calling for a debate without subsequent voting on Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s alleged shortfall in the recent oath-taking ceremony, and failure to declare funding for planned expenditure during last month’s policy debate. The Opposition reassured the public that the motion is not meant to overthrow the government but to question it in the interests of the country. House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said the motion would be tabled at a House of Representatives meeting this month.
The seven Opposition parties lodged the motion endorsed by 214 MPs with the House speaker, for a debate without subsequent voting in accordance with the constitution’s Section 152. The motion is designed to make an inquiry into the alleged failure of the premier to read out the oath’s contents in full as required by the constitution. Besides, his policy declaration was declared before the House allegedly without due reference to sources of funding for government expenditure which may be considered unconstitutional.
Mr Chuan said today that House officials will forward the motion to Second Deputy House Speaker Supachai Phosu to re-examine it. The motion may be carried out on a leniency basis as the new parliamentary meeting regulations have not been enforced as yet. He said it would be tabled in a House meeting this month. If the premier fails to attend the House meeting to respond to the motion, he would be required to give reasons for his absence. Mr Chuan admitted that Gen Prayut had never given reasons in writing for his absence from previous House meetings.
Chief Opposition Whip Suthin Khlangsaeng, said today that he was satisfied with the expected scheduling of the motion as mentioned by Mr Chuan. Mr Suthin said the sooner the debate is held, the more confidence the Prayut cabinet will secure. If the prime minister’s clarifications of those issues weren’t reasonable, they would be forwarded to the Constitutional Court via the Office of the Ombudsman, or a motion for censure debate against the premier would be lodged. However, he commented that the Opposition has no plan to overthrow the government and that if the government could manage to come up with reasonable clarifications for the people, the Opposition would finally withdraw the motion.