Nikhom insists on chairing joint sitting
Senate Speaker Nikhom Wairatpanich, in his capacity as Deputy Parliament President, has ignored opposition protests and insisted he will continue to chair the joint parliamentary sitting on the charter amendment bills during the second day of the debate, a duty he shares with Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont.
- Published: 2/04/2013 at 12:05 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Mr Nikhom's insistence on co-chairing the meeting delayed the start of the debate on the charter bills by about four hours on Monday, amid persistent protests by Democrat Party MPs.
Jurin Laksanavisit, chairman of the opposition whips, announced that opposition MPs would not debate the bills when Mr Nikhom sits in the chair. He said the Senate speaker, by refusing to withdraw his name as a supporter of the charter amendment bills, lacked the legitimacy to chair the meeting.
As a result, when Nikhom chaired the meeting, most of the Democrat MPs walked out, leaving their seats in the chamber empty.
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