6 June 2024

Pheu Thai party’s prime ministerial candidate does not need to give a vision statement during the joint sitting of parliament, scheduled on August 22nd to select the prime minister, said House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha at a press conference today (Friday).

Members of the two Houses will, he said, be allowed to engage in a debate before the selection process for about five hours, from 10am, with the senators allocated two hours and the MPs up to three.

The Pheu Thai party appears determined to nominate Srettha Thavisin, a former real estate tycoon, as its prime ministerial candidate.

Before the press conference, Wan was at a meeting with the Senate and the House whips, to discuss the prime minister’s selection in detail.

Regarding the vision statement, Wan said that one is not required by the Constitution nor in the meeting regulations and, hence, it is not required from the candidate.

On the urgent motion submitted by Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome, asking parliament to review its previous decision rejecting the renomination of Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat, Wan said that the whips agreed that Rangsiman should be allowed to submit the motion, but the House speaker should invoke his power to reject it.