PM meets with ministers to prepare for next week’s censure debate

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BANGKOK, 23 November 2013 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday called a meeting of related ministers to prepare for the upcoming censure debate, while the opposition whip reiterated it needed 3 days for the debate. 

Ms. Yingluck met with Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan, Finance Minister Kittirat Na Ranong, and Agriculture Minister Yukhol Limlaemthong, among others. Mr. Niwatthamrong disclosed after the meeting that the prime minister had assigned each minister to get information for the censure debate ready, adding that Ms. Yingluck did not seem perturbed by the upcoming debate.

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Warathep Rattanakon, meanwhile, disclosed that Parliament speaker Somsak Kiatsuranon has sent letters to members of parliament to have them attend the censure debate on November 26 and 27. The meeting of the Cabinet, which usually falls on Tuesdays, has been rescheduled to Monday to make way for the week’s debate in Parliament.

Opposition chief whip Churin Laksanawisit on Friday continued to express his belief that the allowed duration for the debate may not be enough, saying that the Opposition needed no less than 3 days.