MOVE FORWARD leader Pita Limjaroenrat was nominated prime minister for the second time at the start of the joint House/senate meeting this morning (July 19) with no rival emerging while a heated debate on whether doing so is in violation of Article 41 of the House regulations is ensuing, Matichon newspaper said.
After Mr. Suthin Klangsaeng, Pheu Thai party-list MP, nominated Pita for prime minister Mr. Akaradej Wongpitakroj, Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party MP for Ratchaburi, stood up to say that this nomination is in violation of Article 41 which states that a motion dropped cannot be resubmitted in the same parliamentary session except for vote not having taken place but in Pita’s case there was voting at the first session on July 13.
However Mr. Rangsiman Rome, Move Forward MP, protested that this parliamentary meeting has to follow the regulations on selecting a prime minister and according to Article 5 the House Speaker has to follow the law with this procedure being in accordance with the Constitution while Akaradej’s objection is in violation of the charter.
Then Mr. Julaphan Amornvivat, Pheu Thai’s MP from Chiang Mai, protested that the while Suthin had nominated Pita for prime minister Akaradej had cut in too quickly without the motion being endorsed and asked the House Speaker to do so before continuing with the debate on Article 41.
House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha then called for endorsement with 304 MPs and four senators doing so against 299 who did not. As this was correct it was approved and as no one else was nominated Pita is the only prime minister candidate at today’s meeting.
After that both MPs and senators continued debating Article 41.
Top: Move Forward leader/prime minister-designate Pita Limjaroenrat and Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew entering the parliament meeting chamber this morning, July 19. 2023.
Front Page: Move Forward leader/prime minister-designate Pita Limjaroenrat listening to this morning’s debate. Photos: Matichon