House postpones consideration of recon bills to June 6

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BANGKOK, 1 June 2012  – The House Speaker has ordered postponement of the first reading of the reconciliation bills until June 6. 

Anti-government protesters have brought the extra-ordinary session of parliament planned today to a halt after they blocked the entrance to the building.

Only 75 MPs managed to register for the meeting, following a chaotic scene.

This afternoon, House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont decided to postpone the meeting to consider the four proposed bills, to help ease the tension.

First Deputy House Speaker Charoen Chankomol later said that the next deliberation of the bills is scheduled for June 6.

He added that he expected all sides to comply with the law by airing the difference of opinions in Parliament and respecting the meeting’s rules as well as its resolutions.