Somsak insists no joint sitting on Monday

national June 15, 2012 00:00

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Parliament President Somsak Kiartsuranon insisted Friday that he would not convene a joint siting of MPs and senators Monday, a day before the Parliament goes into recess.


Earlier, Somsak said he might hold the last sitting of the chambers to deliberate some draft legislation that has to approved by MPs and senators in line with the Constitution.
Redshirt leader and Pheu Thai partylist MP Korkaew Pikulthong has said he would propose during the joint sitting for MPs and senators that the third reading of the charter amendment bill be deliberated despite an injunction by the Constitution Court.
But chief coalition whip Udomdej Ratanasathien disagreed, saying the coalition risked being beaten in any effort to push for the third reading.
To end the controversy, Somsak said the joint sitting would not be held.
Friday saw the Senate hold its last meeting before the Parliament goes into recess. The next parliamentary session will begin on August 1.
Somsak said during the recess, all sides should take back one step and turn to each other to hold talks and reduce the degree of confrontations and conflicts.
Somsak said he would hold public discussions to explain the charter amendment controversy to the public.
He said the Pheu Thai had no rift over the charter amendment but explained that MPs simply held different opinions.

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