6 June 2024

The first meeting of the House of Representatives is expected to be held between July 4th and 6th, after the Election Commission (EC) announced the confirmation of 400 constituency MPs and 100 party-list MPs today, said Move Forward secretary-general Chaithawat Tulathon today (Monday).

He said that the party has assigned its legal team to receive the certificates from the EC confirming the election of the party’s 150 MPs, but all its MPs will report to parliament simultaneously on June 27th.

A meeting of the leaders of the eight coalition parties is scheduled for this Thursday, said Chaithawat, adding that, since the number of House seats won by each of the eight parties is now clear, talks on ministerial appointments and other important posts are expected go smoothly.

Regarding talks with senators over support for the prime ministerial candidacy of Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat, Chaithawat said that he has been trying his best and he believes many senators are politically mature and do not want to see a political impasse, if a prime minister cannot be appointed.

Pheu Thai party leader Cholnan Srikaew, meanwhile, said that the issue of the House speakership, between the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties, is not resolved yet, although it was agreed in principle that the party which won the most House seats should get the post and the second party, which is Pheu Thai, will get the two deputy House speaker posts.

He explained that the meeting of party leaders this Thursday will not discuss issues which are still being negotiated.