House Speaker tells PM all parties agree to a special parliamentary session

Parliament President Chuan Leekpai has formally informed Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha about cross party agreement to the opening of an extraordinary parliamentary session, to discuss the current political conflict, in a bid to find a peaceful solution.

 

In the formal letter, addressed to the Prime Minister, Mr. Chuan said he had called an informal meeting of representatives of all the parties today and all agreed that the Cabinet should endorse the promulgation of a Royal Decree, to declare the opening of an extraordinary session.

In the letter, it was suggested that there should be a general debate, without voting, to let both senators and MPs share their views, in the hope of finding solutions to the political conflict.

 

Earlier, the Prime Minister had said that he supports a special parliamentary session being called.

Meanwhile, the opposition Pheu Thai Party repeated its call for the Government to lift the state of emergency and for the Prime Minister to resign immediately.

 

Party leader Sompong Amornvivat said that they have instructed all of their MPs to be ready to help provide bail for detained protesters, by using their parliamentary status. All were told to apply for letters of guarantee of their parliamentary status from the Parliamentary Secretariat, he added.

He said that the party will seek to censure the Prime Minister once Parliament resumes its ordinary session in November.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service