A SENIOR Pheu Thai Party executive said his camp is gearing up to hold talks with Move Forward Party on the tug of war for the House Speaker post and expects a solution to emerge, Naewna newspaper said this afternoon (May 27).
Mr. Prasert Chanruangthong, Pheu Thai’s secretary-general, said representatives of the two parties will meet next week to find a solution to this problem.
The leaders of the Move Forward, Pheu Thai, Prachachart, Thai Sang Thai, Pheu Thai Ruam Palang, Thai Liberal, Fair Party and Palang Sangkhom Mai signed an MoU earlier this week after they had tentatively formed an eight-party coalition government following the May 14 general election which resulted in the Move Forward becoming the largest-winning party and core of government with 151 MPs and the Pheu Thai the second largest party with 141 MPs.
Asked if no agreement is reached on which party should get the top post of the legislative branch would a free vote be allowed, Prasert said he did not want to look that far ahead and believes holding talks is the best way out as he is confident a solution would be found.
He added that he did not want to push this issue to the point where the two parties had to demonstrate their strength.
He also mentioned that the tussels for this key post will not affect the two parties’ working relationship with Pheu Thai happy to support Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat for prime minister and this stance has not changed.
On being questioned about some academics’ suggestion that a member of a third party be named the House Speaker to halt this jousting, Prasert said he had no opinion on what these academics have suggested but stressed that it is imporatant for Move Forward and Pheu Thai to reach an agreement on this issue to prevent it from escalating.
Top: An image of Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat over a background of Thai Parliament meeting chamber.
Insert: Pheu Thai secretary-general Prasert Chanruangthong.
Front Page: Move Forward and Pheu Thai logos, right and left respectively, overlaid on a meeting of the House of Representatives. All photos: Matichon