By Thai Newsroom Reporters
DEPUTY HOUSE SPEAKER Padipat Santipada, previously attached to the Move Forward, has been officially accepted as MP of the Fair Party following last month’s “technical” ouster of him from the largest opposition party.
Fair Party leader Pitipong Temcharoen confirmed today (Oct.31) that the first deputy House speaker has been recently approved by the splinter party’s executive board as a partisan member-cum-MP after he had been “technically” deposed from the Move Forward to keep the second highest post of the legislative branch to himself, concurrently retain his MP status and automatically give way for the naming of Move Forward leader Chaithawat Tulathon as opposition leader at parliament.
The military-designed constitution prohibits an opposition leader to belong to a party which may currently assume a cabinet seat in the executive branch or a House speaker or deputy House speaker seat, thus prompting the Move Forward to “technically” oust Padipat from partisan membership.
The Fair Party which has only one MP on their electoral party list, namely MP Kannavee Suebsang, is currently attached to the Move Forward-led opposition bloc.
Apart from keeping his first deputy House speaker’s seat intact, Padipat concurrently performs as MP of Phitsanulok.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha has unreluctantly insisted that he still hold onto the top post of the legislative branch whilst the Pheu Thai has been quietly pressing for his replacement with a senior Pheu Thai MP, earlier speculated to be former deputy House speaker Suchart Tancharoen, since they are currently the largest coalition partner under de facto party boss/”sickly” inmate Thaksin Shinawatra.
The Prachachart to which the House speaker belongs is currently one of the coalition partners with party leader Thavi Sodsong having been named justice minister.
Top: Deputy House Speaker Padipat Santipada, centre, flanked by Fair Party leader Pitipong Temcharoen, left, and MP Kannavee Suebsang, right. Photo: Thai Rath
Front Page: Padipat Santipada, left, and Pitipong Temcharoen, right. Photo: Matichon