Somsak to ask Sonthi, Pheu Thai to withdraw bills
House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranon said Thursday that he would ask the sponsors of reconciliation bills to withdraw them from House agenda to reduce political tension.
Somsak said four reconciliation bills are pending their first readings when the next parliamentary session begins on August 1. He however felt that the bills should be withdrawn pending public hearings on reconciliation measures as suggested by the King Prajadhipok's Institute.
The bills are being sponsored by Matubhum Party leader Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin and Pheu Thai Party MPs.
Somsak said he had already put the suggestion to Sonthi but the Matubhum leader, who heads a special House committee on reconciliation measures, had not yet accepted or rejected his proposal.
"In my view, the future of the government will depend on the reconciliation bills. We have to wait and see what will happen on August 1. The government has some problems but we should help support it so that it can complete its four-year term," Somsak said.
He said if the sponsors of the bills refused to withdraw them, he would ask the House to put other bills at the top of the agenda and indefinitely postpone the first reading of the reconciliation bills.