11 July 2024

Seri Ruam Thai party leader Seripisut Temiyavet is pressing for the resignations of House Speaker Chuan Leekpai and Senate Speaker Pornpetch Wikchitcholchai, accusing both of them of allowing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to present the government policy statement to parliament, despite the fact that the Prime Minister failed to complete the oath during the swearing-in ceremony before His Majesty the King last month.

The former national police chief said that both Mr. Chuan and Mr. Pornpetch committed acts in violation of Sections 159, 161 and 162 of the Constitution and should take responsibility by resigning.

Citing the case of the nomination of the Prime Minister, he said that, according to the proper procedure, the candidate must be nominated to the lower House first, but Mr. Chuan did not follow this procedure.

Mr. Seripisut claimed that he respects the two men, but he has to stick to the principle by demanding their resignations.

If they refuse to quit, as he has demands, Mr. Seripisut said he would take the cases to the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Ombudsman.

The seven-party Opposition has submitted a motion, to Mr. Chuan, demanding a non-voting censure debate in the lower House against the Prime Minister over the oath issue after he rejected their call for him to clarify the matter in parliament.