Pheu Thai MPs brace for no-confidence debate

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BANGKOK, Nov 18 – The ruling Pheu Thai Party will meet urgently tomorrow to prepare for the opposition’s no-confidence debate against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan.

Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said party MPs will be informed of the Democrat Party’s next move and instructed to be ready for a parliamentary showdown.

He insisted that Pheu Thai MPs are not “body guards” for Ms Yingluck and Mr Charupong, and said the party is confident that they can clarify every single issue raised by opposition MPs.

Parliament Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont has yet to put the no-confidence debate in the Parliament agenda, Mr Prompong said, since the Democrat Party must make clear whether it will submit an impeachment bid against the two Cabinet members simultaneously with the no-confidence debate.

He charged the opposition with employing a political trick.

Regarding a social civic move to remove 310 MPs who voted for the Amnesty Bill, Mr Prompong ruled out an the allegation that the MPs acted under the instruction of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The MPs have vowed not to raise the Amnesty Bill for debate again after it was rejected by the Senate, he said, insisting that the government MPs did not breach the Constitution as claimed by political protesters at the Democracy Monument.

Protesters at the Democracy Monument and along Rajdamnoen Avenue are launching a campaign to seek public signatures to expel the 310 MPs from the Lower House.

Interior Minister Charupong strongly ruled out the demonstrators’ branding of the Pheu Thai Party as the “Thaksin Regime.”

Mr Charupong, concurrently Pheu Thai Party leader, said the ruling party gained power democratically due to its efficient and acceptable policy.

Thai people have shown their confidence in the Pheu Thai Party which has won in the last five general elections, he said.