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Pheu Thai MPs to push for debate on amnesty bill

Lawmakers from the ruling Pheu Thai Party plan to push for a controversial amnesty bill to be tabled for House deliberation when Parliament reconvenes in early August.

Now that the Budget Bill for fiscal 2014 was unlikely to be tabled for deliberation on August 7, due to a delay by the House vetting committee, they said yesterday that the amnesty bill proposed by a group of Pheu Thai MPs should top the agenda for that day.

Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema, a major sponsor of the amnesty bill, said yesterday that the draft law should be put forward for deliberations on August 7, although many party seniors wanted the Budget Bill to be taken up first.

He said he expected the amnesty bill to pass the House within a day.

He said many red-shirt protesters being jailed in connection with the unrest of 2010 wanted an amnesty law urgently.

Another Pheu Thai MP Paijit Sriworakhan, who is a deputy chief whip of the coalition, said yesterday that government whips agreed the Budget Bill was unlikely to be submitted for House reading on August 7, as the vetting committee had not yet completed its work.

He expected the bill to be tabled for reading between August 14 to 16.

Paijit voiced support for the idea of having deliberations on the amnesty bill on August 7.

He said he did not expect any problem to arise during the House reading.

The issue had led to a confrontation between coalition and opposition MPs during the previous parliamentary session.

In response to a plan by Pheu Thai seniors for the Budget Bill to be deliberated on early, Paijit said the vetting committee should be allowed ample time, or there could be some mistakes.


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