Censure debate in late November

The government whips have tentatively agreed to Nov 26-28 for the opposition's censure debate, delaying the meeting because of the prime minister's tight schedule next month, chief whip Udomdet Rattanasathien said on Monday.

Mr Udomdet said he had discussed the issue with opposition whips and they initially agreed that the censure debate could be scheduled  for the end of the current parliamentary session.

Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Democrat party leader, said earlier that the motion of no-confidence in the government would be filed by the end of this month.

Mr Udomdet said Ms Yingluck would travel to Laos for a meeting on Nov 4-6, attend a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov 7-8, and pay an official visit to the United Kingdom on Nov 13-15.

After that the prime minister is scheduled to attend a meeting of Asean leaders in Cambodia. This would be followed by official visits to Thailand by the leaders of many countries.

Therefore, the government whips concluded that the censure debate should be delayed until Nov 26-28, he said.

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