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Deputy Senate speaker reiterates call for govt to open parliamentary session

Deputy Senate Speaker Surachai Liangboonlertchai Thursday reiterated call for the government to enact a royal decree to open an extraordinary parliamentary session so that the upper chamber can deliberate an impeachment motion.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has asked the Senate to retroactively impeach former Senate speaker Nikom Wairatpanij for his allegedly unlawful role in directing the charter amendment bill on the Senate's composition.

Surachai said the charter requires the Senate to deliberate the request of the NACC within 20 days and the deadline is Friday. Since the Senate cannot meet the deadline, the government should enact a royal decree to open the parliamentary session no later than April 30 so that the Senate could perform its duty, Surachai said.

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