House Speaker confirms opposition can file two no-confidence debate motions


BANGKOK – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, ChuanLeekpai, has confirmed the opposition may file two no-confidence debate motions, remarking that while the government has encouraged participation by members of parliament (MPs), it has not sought to intervene in the House.


The House Speaker said the opposition may move to hold a no-confidence debate in 2020, and it will have two opportunities to do so during the year’s two sessions. While the government maintains a majority of less than 25 seats, it still retains the ability to call for a recount of votes.

Mr. Chuan assured the public that there has been no government intervention in Parliament and that it has never made an inappropriate request. He said it has been the legislature that has issued requests for attendance by the Prime Minister and his cabinet, adding that they should avoid needless absence.