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Pheu Thai not abandoning Move Forward: Chonlanan


PHEU Thai Party leader Chonlanan Srikaew said before attending a House meeting this morning (July 20) that his camp still adheres to the MOU signed by the eight partners of Move Forward-led coalition government with talks to be held in a day or two, Amarin TV said.

This came after a joint House/senate meeting yesterday voted to deny Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat a second chance of being named prime minister while the Constitutional Court also suspended him from performing as MP on a charge of holding a tiny fragment of 0.0035% shares of non-operating ITV channel.

“Confirm that all decisions are still up to Move Forward with Pheu Thai unable to determine anything as yet because it all depends on the discussions,” he said.

Asked about the majority of MPs and senators having yesterday voted in favour of applying Article 41 of parliamentary regulations that says a motion dropped cannot be resubmitted thus denying  Pita a second chance of being named prime minister, Chonlanan said he personally was dissatisfied with the outcome as it did not comply with the rule of law.

However he added that he had to agree with it under parliamentary majority system but believes this will lead to a binding problem as the vote is binding on the next meeting which will also be subject to the meeting rules.

Questioned about former police chief Pol. Gen. Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, who is head of the one-MP Thai Liberal Party which is one of the eight coalition partners, not voting yesterday, Chonlanan smiled and replied, “I understand that he walked out beforehand because he thought it would not come to a vote.”


Pheu Thai Party leader Chonlanan Srikaew talking to reporters this morning, July 20, 2023. Top photo: Amarin TV, Front Page photo: Matichon

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