Government 'ready' for censure debate

Government 'ready' for censure debate

Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta, centre, said on Thursday the government coalition is ready for the opposition's no-confidence motion. (Bangkok Post file photo)
Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta, centre, said on Thursday the government coalition is ready for the opposition's no-confidence motion. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The Palang Pracharath Party and its coalition partners are ready to face a no-confidence motion, Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said on Thursday.

“The opposition has exercised their rights, and I believe the individuals who are being targeted are ready,” said the minister, who is a member of the party executive. A censure motion was a check and balance process which can be put to the House once a year, he added.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had stressed that every coalition member should be able to explain  their actions to the public at any time, he said.

Asked whether the rumoured squabble among fractions had diminished his confidence in the coalition vote, Mr Buddhipongse said it was not uncommon for individuals to have their differences.

“I think the government whip is working hand in hand. This is the strength of the coalition, whose members are working to ensure the government’s stability,” he said.

Mr Buddhipongse also brushed off speculation that Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul may resign if Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, Mr Anutin’s fellow party member, were to be dismissed. 

He denied there was any backstabbing going on behind the scenes, saying he had not seen evidence of it and all of the members were on good terms.

The minister further stated that Gen Prayut was looking for a convenient time to schedule talks between leaders of each coalition party, and that he may find time to talk to each MP in the coalition.

The censure motion would be examined by House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to see if it was supported by at least 151 MPs as legally required. Topics that could be raised included graft, incompetence, illegal actions, suitability for public office, and tarnishing the country's image in the eyes of the international community.


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