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PM facing grilling from 45 MPs

More than four dozen opposition MPs are queueing up to grill Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine cabinet ministers in the upcoming no-confidence debate, according to chief opposition whip and Pheu Thai MP Sutin Klungsang.

He said the opposition parties had discussed how to allot time among them and so far about 45 MPs on the opposition benches had asked to take part in the debate. Of that number, 15 were Pheu Thai MPs, he added.

Mr Sutin called on the government not to impose a debate deadline after Wirach Ratanasate, chief government whip, suggested that the debate should be wrapped up before midnight on the last day.

The government wants the debate to take place on Feb 16-19, to be concluded within four days so a vote can be cast on Jan 20.

The Pheu Thai MP on Tuesday threatened to seek the intervention of the Constitutional Court if the government attempted to block the opposition from examining the government performance by forcing the no-confidence to end.

“In the previous debate the government denied extra debate time. We could have asked the Constitutional Court to rule but we chose not to. But if the government tries it again, we may ask for a ruling to set a precedent,” said Mr Sutin.

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said on Tuesday he had asked his deputy Suchart Tancharoen to hold talks with the government and opposition whips about the date and timetable for the debate. – Thai News Media

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