Government braces for parliamentary censure


BANGKOK, Nov 22 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called a meeting of Pheu Thai party cabinet members to work out preparations for the no-confidence debate triggered by the opposition Democrat party.

The showdown is set to begin Sunday and carry on through Tuesday.

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Varathep Rattanakorn yesterday said  the prime minister wanted all ministers, whether subject to the censure or not, to discuss the context of the debate and to prepare information to be explained to the House of Representatives.

He said Ms Yingluck is not worried by the debate but she wants ministers to give clear explanations to the House. She will be present during the parliamentary session.

Mr Varathep said the government will also be ready for the Senate non-voting debate, set for Friday from 1pm-8 pm and Wednesday from noon onward.

The premier asked every cabinet member to be present during the Senate debate, while she herself will appear in the Senate on Wednesday, the minister said.

Chief Government Whip Udomdej Ratanasathien called on cabinet members to give their clarifications during both the Lower House and Upper House debates to demonstrate that the government is not ignoring parliamentary procedure in the legislative branch.

He said the prime minister instructed all cabinet members to appear in Parliament, particularly Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, Deputy Prime Minister/Education Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana and Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikua.