A group of senators has submitted a petition to the Senate speaker seeking a Constitution Court ruling on whether the government's rice sales under government-to-government (G-to-G) deals required approval from parliament under Section 190 of the charter.
The petition, signed by 67 senators, was accepted yesterday by Surachai Liangboonlertchai, the first deputy speaker.
Paiboon Nititawan, a senator in the Group of 40, said the G-to-G contracts to sell 7.32 million tonnes of rice worth more than 114 billion baht concerned the country's trade and investment. They might affect economic security by incurring public debt, potentially causing a financial crisis, he added.
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