Thailand’s Cannabis Bill in limbo as House meeting lacks a quorum again

The fate of the Bhumjaithai Party’s Cannabis Bill has been thrown into limbo once again, after numerous MPs refused to declare their presence in the chamber, bringing the House meeting…

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PPRP MP Watanya Bunnag quits party, parliament, following House meeting collapse

Palang Pracharath party-list MP Watanya Bunnag, aka “Madame Dear”, announced her resignation as a member of parliament and from the party this morning (Tuesday), apparently in a show of responsibility…

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Parliament vice president refutes allegation he took order to adjourn meeting

Vice President of Thailand’s Parliament and Senate Speaker Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, categorically refuted today (Thursday) a suggestion that he had received an order from someone to adjourn the joint sitting of…

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Recalcitrant MPs draw flak for frequent collapses of House meetings

The collapse of three Thai House of Representatives meetings this month alone, due to the lack of a quorum, has drawn widespread criticism for allegedly improper conduct by dissident MPs,…

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“Doing parliamentary duties” is a divisive term

Tough rules proposed to address lack of quorum problem in Thai parliament

Senator Kamnoon Sidhisamarn has voiced full support for a recommendation, from his colleague Somchai Sawaengkarn, to deal with MPs refusing to declare their presence in parliament, causing two House meetings…

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Thai PM says if MPs want general election, they must attend parliament meetings

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told MPs on both sides of the house today (Friday) that, if they want a general election, they must cooperate with one another by attending parliamentary…

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First meeting of House of Representatives this year collapses due to lack of quorum

The first meeting this year of the House of Representatives suffered a setback yesterday (Wednesday) when it was abruptly adjourned due to the lack of a quorum. The meeting began…

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Thai parliament meeting collapses due to lack of quorum

Friday’s meeting in the Thai parliament was cancelled due to the lack of a quorum, as some opposition MPs boycotted the meeting, or deliberately did not declare their presence, in…

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Photo from Facebook Chirayu Huangsap

PM challenged to dissolve House if MPs cannot attend meetings

The opposition Pheu Thai Party’s MP Chirayu Huangsap challenged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Friday) to dissolve the House of Representatives after many government MPs and ministers missed House meetings…

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House Speaker Chuan Leekpai

Internal conflict over draft hazardous substance bill blamed for lack of quorum

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai told Thailand’s MPs today (Thursday) that he decided to suspend the sitting yesterday because, due to conflicting opinions over amendments to the Hazardous Substances Act, several…

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Democrat MPs will be told not to miss House meetings

Democrat MPs will be asked not to miss House meetings, unless they are sick or have urgent matters to which they must attend, in order to avoid a repeat of…

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DPM Prawit confident of government’s stability and unity

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan says he is confident that Government coalition parties will stick together to complete its four-year term, even though their MPs are split, resulting in the…

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