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Chuan: No talks held yet on quit or not referendum

THE President of the National Assembly said this morning (Oct. 27) before the start of the second day special parliamentary session that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had not held talks with him on holding a referendum on whether he should step down or not, INN News reported.

Mr. Chuan Leepai, the head of the National Assembly, said it has to be considered whether this could be done and whether a referendum bill could pass three readings in one go or not.

Meanwhile opposition chief whip Mr. Sutin Klangsang commented that no country in the world has held a referendum asking the public whether a leader should step down.

Chuan also touched on a proposal by Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit that a reconciliation committee be set up, mentioning that a working group was studying whether this would be possible or not.

However even if it were set up it would be for this particular case only.

On constitutional amendments, Chuan said he is getting ready to hold talks on proceeding with this, with the issue to be tackled being whether Internet Dialogue on Law Reform’s (iLaw’s) constitution draft amendment is to be considered together with the other six drafts tabled by MPs earlier.

If it is decided to not wait then these drafts can be deliberated immediately after the opening of the ordinary session next month.

If it is decided to include iLaw’s draft amendment then these drafts could together be considered on November 12, 2020 as a process of checking the names of the proposers has to be completed first.

Meanwhile Gen. Prayut, who arrived at the parliament at 10.5 a.m., refused to answer a question about whether he would be holding talks with Chuan about finding a way out of this crisis. However reporters noticed that he was more relaxed and in a better mood than yesterday.


Top: President of the National Assembly Chuan talking to the reporters this morning. Photo: INN News

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