thailands opposition parties agree to censure pm ministers in june - Thailand’s opposition parties agree to censure PM, ministers in June

Opposition parties in Thailand have decided to launch another censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other ministers individually, tentatively in June, after the passage of two organic laws regarding elections, said opposition and Pheu Thai party leader Chonlanan Srikaew today (Tuesday).

He said that the censure debate will focus on six issues.

According to secretary-general of the Pheu Thai party, Prasert Chantharawongthong, the issues concern the government’s failures in national administration, violations of the Constitution and laws related to ethical standards, the government’s alleged corruption and nepotism, alleged failure to implement policies stated in parliament, alleged infringements of the rights and liberties of the people and the alleged undermining of democracy and the parliamentary system.

He said that opposition parties are now gathering information to be used during the debate. He explained that the debate must take place after passage of the two election-related organic laws, to ensure that, if the prime minister decides to dissolve the House after the debate, elections can be held with the two laws in place, otherwise there will be a political impasse.

The Pheu Thai party’s legal chief, Chousak Sirinil, has been assigned the responsibility of drafting the censure motion, to be presented to the joint meeting of opposition parties for endorsement.

This will be the fourth censure debate against members of the second Prayut Chan-o-cha administration since it took office in mid-2019. In all previous the no confidence motions, Prayut and other ministers targeted received all the votes needed to stay on.