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Dems open fire on navy refit deal

Govt says censure strike on Sukumpol is revenge

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  • Writer: Manop Thip-Osod & Aekarach Sattaburuth
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The opposition kicked off its censure debate Sunday by attacking Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat for his role in the navy's scheme to modernise combat systems on two frigates. 

Sirichok Sopha, Democrat MP for Songkhla, accused the defence minister of negligence of duty, opening the way for corruption and putting the lives of naval crew in danger.

But Prompong Nopparit, spokesman for the ruling Pheu Thai Party, suggested the Democrats were targeting ACM Sukumpol because he has been pursuing allegations of draft-dodging against opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva. He asked why Mr Abhisit did not open the debate, which will continue Monday and Tuesday.

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