Motion to debate court order dropped
A motion for parliament to debate whether it is legally bound to comply with the Constitution Court's order that it to delay the third reading of the charter amendment bill was narrowly voted down during Tuesday's joint sitting of parliament.
- Published: 12/06/2012 at 03:42 PM
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The motion, proposed by senator Pol Lt-Col Jit Sriyohamukda of Mukdahan, was for parliament to debate whether the court's order was binding on parliament.
Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont asked parliament members to decide whether to take the issue for deliberation as proposed by the senator.
At the time, 644 parliamentarians were present in the chamber. The motion needed one half, or 322, supporting votes.
Before the vote, Democrat Party MPs and some other parliament members walked out, leaving only 323 in the chamber, just enough for the needed quorum.
Parliament voted 318-2 in support of the motion. The motion was subsequently dropped because it failed to get the required 322 supporting votes.
Mr Somsak then proceeded to call for the deliberation of draft agreements to be signed with foreign countries as required by Section 190 of the constitution.
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