His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on Monday presided over the opening of parliament.
Thailand's new parliament is officially opened by Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on August 1, 2011. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Household Bureau)
Crown Prince declares new parliament open
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on Monday presided over the opening of parliament, allowing the House of Representatives to convene its first meeting on Tuesday.
The constitution requires the House of Representatives, to convene with at least 475 MPs, or 95 per cent of the 500-seat lower house, within 30 days of the election.
The Election Commission has endorsed 496 MPs.
There will be nominations and voting on the appointment of the new House speaker and two deputy speakers after the House convenes Tuesday morning.
The Pheu Thai Party, which won the highest number of MPs, has resolved to nominate Khon Kaen MP Somsak Kiatsuranont for the post of House speaker as proposed by prime minister-in-waiting Yingluck Shinawatra.
The resolution was passed at a meeting of the Pheu Thai executive committee Monday morning.
The party also agreed to nominate Chaiyaphum MP Charoen Chankomol as first deputy speaker and Phayao MP Wisut Chainaroon as second deputy speaker.
The House of Representatives will elect the new speaker and deputies on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Democrat Party resolved not to nominate candidates for the posts of House speaker or deputy speaker.
Caretaker party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban said this was confirmed by resolution at a meeting of party MPs.
declare – to announce officially that something is true or happening ประกาศ
preside – to be in charge of a ceremony, official meeting, or other event (ทรง) เป็นประธานในพิธี
convene – to gather for a meeting มาชุมนุมกัน
constitution – the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by รัฐธรรมนูญ
Election Commission – the independent government agency that oversees elections คณะกรรมการเลือกตั้ง
nomination – an official suggestion that someone should get a job การเสนอชื่อเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
appointment – when someone is officially chosen for a job การแต่งตั้ง
House speaker – the person who is in charge of most of the activities of the House of Representatives ประธานสภาผู้แทนราษฎร
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
resolve – to make a formal decision มีมติ
post – a job in a company or organisation ตำแหน่งการงาน
propose – to suggest an idea for a group to consider เสนอ
resolution – an official decision that is made after a group or organisation have voted มติ
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
candidate – one of the people being considered for a job ตัวแทนที่ส่งเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
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