Prayut will attend oath debate, set for mid-month

Prayut will attend oath debate, set for mid-month

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, centre, at Government House in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, centre, at Government House in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

The cabinet is prepared for the general debate on its incomplete oath, to be held in mid-September, and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will attend and give direct answers, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Tuesday.

The debate was tentatively scheduled for one day, between Sept 16 and 18. 

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai would set the actual date after discussing the schedule with representatives of the government and opposition MPs, Gen Prawit said. Prime Minister Prayut would not be available from Sept 11 to 15.

The prime minister would be present for the debate and would give direct answers to questions in the parliament. One day should be enough for the general debate, Gen Prawit said.

The deputy prime minister said it was not necessary that the debate be held behind closed doors as it was an issue of interest to the people.

Gen Prayut later confirmed what Gen Prawit said.

The opposition sought the general debate on the cabinet's swearing-in ceremony before His Majesty the King on July 16.

Gen Prayut did not vocalise the last sentence of the oath required by the constitution. Section 161 of the 2017 constitution prescribes: "Before assuming duties, cabinet ministers must swear an oath to His Majesty the King as follows:

"I (name of minister) swear I will be loyal to His Majesty and perform my duties honestly for the benefit of the country and the people. I will also uphold and comply with the constitution of the kingdom in every aspect."

Critics said the incomplete oath could jeopardise the status of the cabinet, its decisions and their implementation.

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