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‘Group of 40’ pushes for new speaker

Voting for posts kicks off at nine-day session

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The so-called "Group of 40" senators is likely to push for the selection of a new Senate speaker and deputies when the Upper House convenes for a nine-day extraordinary session. 

The move is expected as His Majesty the King yesterday endorsed a royal decree to convene an extraordinary session of the Senate from today to May 10.

Somchai Sawaengkarn, an appointed senator and member of the group, said there is a pressing need to select a new Senate speaker and deputies. Without a speaker with full authority, the Senate's affairs will be affected, including the distribution of work to the standing Senate committees.

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