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Ombudsman’s Office to ask court to postpone next meeting on voting for PM


THE Ombudsman’s Office has decided to ask the Constitutional Court to postpone the next House/senate meeting scheduled for Thursday (July 27) until it rules on constitutionality of the last meeting’s vote to deny Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat  a second chance to be named and voted prime minister on grounds it violated Article 41 of the House regulations, TV Channel 7 said.

This article of House regulations 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.

At 2.30 p.m. Pol. Col. Keirov Kritteeranon, secretary-general of the Office of the Ombudsman, said some lawmakers and the general public had petitioned the agency to forward a case to the Constitutional Court to rule whether the vote in favour of applying this regulation by 395 MPs and senators on July 19 is contrary or inconsistent with Section 213 of the Constitution.

A total of 17 complaints were filed on applying Article 41 of the House regulations thus blocking the naming and voting of Pita as prime minister the second time, he said.

Of these complaints two were important with one being whether voting to apply Article 41 on the nomination of Pita for prime minister a second time thus blocking it is constitutional or not and secondly with Parliament having scheduled another meeting on July 27 to vote for a prime minister a ruling be made before then.

As the agency also wants the court to rule whether this vote is contrary or inconsistent with the consideration and approval of prime minister under the Constitution’s Section 159 in conjunction with Section 272 it has decided to ask the court to temporarily put off the next meeting to vote for a prime minister until it passes its ruling.

The agency will either submit its petition to this court today or tomorrow (July 24-25), with this being before the scheduled next House/senate meeting on July 27.


Secretary-General of the Office of the Ombudsman Pol. Col. Keirov Kritteeranon. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon

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