Senate postpones amnesty bill deliberation to 11 Nov

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BANGKOK, 8 November 2013 The Senate decides to postpone its sitting to deliberate on the amnesty bill to 11 November 2013 after some Senate members refused to attend the meeting on Friday. Senate Speaker Nikhom Wairatphanit confirms the meeting will veto the legislation as previously agreed. 

The Senate Speaker decided to postpone the amnesty bill sitting to Monday as some members, including the “40 Senate Members” group did not show up. Other members who joined in the meeting said they wanted the Senate to reach a conclusion on the bill on Friday in the hope to end the ongoing political problems quickly. The number of protesters might increase during the weekend with more risks of a third party igniting violence, they said.

The Senate Speaker on Thursday moved up the sitting to 8 November before postponing it to 11 November.