Pheu Thai warns Prayut not to skip House meetings
Pheu Thai Party spokeswoman Ladawan Wongsriwong on Saturday warned Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha not to skip House meetings or else he would be strongly reprimanded by MPs.
Ladawan said Prayut, the leader of the 2014 coup, must attend House meetings every week and cannot skip meetings by claiming he is busy. She said Prayut should not try to come up with an excuse just because he does not want to listen to criticism from MPs.
The spokeswoman said it is expected that Prayut would occasionally be grilled by the people’s representatives in the House because he has won the post of prime minister ungraciously through support of 250 senators appointed by the junta.
Prayut is known to have difficulty in controlling his anger and observers believe he will be tested to his limit by opposition MPs.
Ladawan said Prayut should study an example of Gen Kriangsak Chamanan, the secretary general of the October 6, 1976, coup maker. Kriangsak became the prime minister in 1979 on a slim majority coalition government.
Ladawan said Kriangsak did not attend a House meeting and Social Action Party leader MR Kukrit Pramote strongly reprimanded him, telling the House speaker to drag him into the meeting room.
Now that Prayut has become the prime minister of an elected government, he can no longer enjoy speaking for himself as he did during his weekly TV programme for four years, Ladawan added.