Charter debate times settled

The government, opposition and senate whips have reached an agreement on the times that will be allocated their members to debate the charter amendment bills, and the dispute over the senate speaker.

Paijit Srivorakhan, Pheu Thai MP for Nakhon Phanom and deputy chief government whip, said it was agreed that the government and opposition MPs will have equal time, 12 to 13 hours each, to debate the bills, while senators will have a total of eight hours.

The debate is to end at midnight on April 3 and will definitely not be extended further, he said.

Democrat and other opposition MPs will rise to speak only when Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont chairs the meeting, while government MPs and senators will speak when Senate Speaker Nikhom Wairatpanich is in the chair, Mr Paijit said.

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