Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema says he feels more confident of getting parliamentary backing for his version of the amnesty bill after receiving support from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin.
Mr Worachai will ask the House speaker to have lawmakers consider the bill as soon as the controversial two trillion-baht infrastructure development bill and a draft to amend the charter by sections pass their first reading during the current legislative session, which ends on April 18.
A Samut Prakan MP and red-shirt co-leader, Mr Worachai is leading a group of 42 Pheu Thai MPs to push the amnesty bill ahead. The bill has drawn opposition for its broad coverage of wrongdoers of political violence since the 2006 coup and its allegedly implicit aim to win favour for Thaksin.
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