Opposition party affirms motion of no confidence against Prime Minister will proceed in full compliance with constitution

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BANGKOK, 17 November 2013 The opposition party has affirmed that it will file a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister, asserting that the motion will be in full compliance with the constitution. 

According to Mr. Ong-art Klamphaiboon, a Democrat Party MP, his party will proceed with a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister and certain other ministers in the Cabinet. The motion will probe alleged corrupt and illegal practices in the Prime Minister’s work, adding that the motion will include facts showing the Premier has been involved in corruption in various government projects.

Mr. Ong-art said President of Parliament Somsak Kiatsuranont’s decision to schedule the motion of no confidence on November 27 interferes with the work of the opposition party, as the date will allow for only 1 day to consider the motion. Therefore, the Democrat Party has requested that the Lower House Speaker schedule the motion before November 27, given it will take the opposition 3 days to complete the censure debate and the fact that the House will be adjourned on November 28.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, the Democrat Party’s Chief Whip, has affirmed that the censure debate will be in full compliance with the constitution, which stipulates that any motion filed against the Prime Minister or a Cabinet minister requires an approval of the President of Parliament, adding that all the motions filed in the past have complied with Section 271 of the constitution.