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Group of senators push for election of new speaker, deputies

A group of appointed senators will push for the election of a new Senate speaker and two deputies when the upper chamber convenes its extraordinary session Friday.

His Majesty Thursday issued a royal command approving a Royal Decree to convene the Senate's extraordinary session, the Senate Secretariat announced.

The session, running from Friday to May 10, is necessary to endorse the replacement of National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) member Jaided Pornchaiya, who has retired, and new specialist members for the Administrative Court Commission.

Appointed Senator Somchai Sawaeng-karn said he backed the election of a new speaker and two deputies at today's meeting though other senators disagree. Somchai said these senators believe that the session should only be restricted to endorsing NACC and court commission members in line with the Royal Decree.

However, Somchai said the election of the new Senate speaker and deputies was necessary because the previous speaker and deputy would continue being paid until they are replaced. The previous speaker and deputy were both elected senators and their terms have expired.

Somchai said the two officials were still being paid because according to the Senate Secretariat's interpretation of the law, they need to remain in their positions until they are replaced. He added that the new Senate speaker could be elected under the Constitution's Article 132 (2).

Appointed Senator Paiboon Nititawan said he would propose the election of a new Senate speaker and deputies at today's meeting.

He said he was confident that most of the senators would support his proposal because a new speaker was needed to prevent the disruption of the Senate's work.


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