By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRACHACHART LEADER WAN Muhamad Noor Matha is being named House speaker tomorrow with full support from all MPs of the Move Forward-led coalition partners.
The Move Forward and Pheu Thai have finally adopted a joint resolution to name the Prachachart leader for House speaker following weeks of tussle between the largest elected party and the second largest camp over the top post of the legislative branch.
In a press conference at a Bangkok hotel, Move Forward leader/prime minister-designate Pita Limjaroenrat announced that the Move Forward-led, eight coalition partners have agreed to endorse Wan Noor who is largely considered as being neutral to all sides and had assumed the top seat of the legislative branch decades earlier. Wan Noor has eventually accepted the naming of himself as House speaker, Pita said.
Tomorrow, the first House meeting of MPs is scheduled to pick a House speaker and a couple of deputy House speakers. Move Forward MP Padipat Santipada and Pheu Thai MP Chusak Sirinil are speculated to be voted as the first deputy House speaker and second deputy House speaker respectively.
A joint House/Senate meeting is yet to follow next week to pick a prime minister who will need yea votes from more than half the combined total of MPs and senators or at least 376 votes.
Pita told reporters there could probably be more senators to vote him for the top post of the executive branch than earlier anticipated.
The Move Forward leader and his partisan colleagues have quietly lobbied many of the unelected lawmakers to clear up doubts about their progressive party’s campaign-promised policies especially regarding the sought-after amendment to the draconian lese majeste law, better known as Section 112.
According to the Move Forward leader, the much-criticised policy to amend the lese majeste law is primarily designed to promote closer relationship between the constitutional monarchy and people, keep the monarchy from being abused by politicians at any given time, reduce the maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, promptly release any detained, suspected offenders under bail pending court rulings and render the Royal Household Bureau as the only legitimate party to file lese majeste charges in lieu of anyone at all as had been the case over the last several years.
Top: Prachachart leader Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, left, and Move Forward leader/prime minister-designate Pita Limjaroenrat together with Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew, centre right, talking to two other coalition partner leaders. Photo: Matichon
Insert: Move Forward leader/prime minister-designate Pita Limjaroenrat addressing a press conference today, July 3, 2023. Photo: Thai Rath
Front Page: From left to right: Prachachart leader Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew and Move Forward leader/prime minister-designate Pita Limjaroenrat. Photo: Matichon