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Deputy Senate speaker reiterates call for govt to open parliamentary session

Deputy Senate Speaker Surachai Liangboonlertchai Thursday reiterated his call to the government to enact a royal decree in order to open an extraordinary parliamentary session that would allow the upper chamber to 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.

The government cited several reasons in arguing that a parliamentary session could not be opened for now. Among these, the government said new MPs have not been elected yet and there is no Parliament president.

Surachai said if caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra continued to insist that she could not convene a new parliamentary session, a ruling must be sought from the Constitutional Court.

"I would like to implore the prime minister to consider this and approve the request. But if she insists that the session cannot be opened, government agencies concerned will have to seek a ruling from the Constitutional Court," Surachai said.

He said the government should consult with the Senate on the issue rather than bothering the court.






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