Recent incidents of disorder in parliament were caused by the failure of the House and Senate Speakers to perform their duties independently, former prime minister and parliament president Chuan Leekpai has claimed.
House meetings are usually chaired by the House speaker, Somsak Kiatsuranont, or one of his deputies. Joint sittings of the House of Representatives and the Senate are also chaired by Mr Somsak, who is parliament president, or by Senate speaker and deputy parliament president Nikom Wairatpanich.
Mr Chuan, a veteran MP and twice former prime minister, who is now chief adviser to the opposition Democrat Party, said it was obvious that chairmen of parliamentary meetings are no longer able to be truly independent, but are under the influence of their respective political parties, or other powerful figures.
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