MPs pass B1.97tn virus relief bills

MPs pass B1.97tn virus relief bills

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak arrive at Parliament for the debate on three executive bills on Wednesday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak arrive at Parliament for the debate on three executive bills on Wednesday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Three executive decrees backing loans of 1.97 trillion baht to pay for Covid-19 relief passed the Lower House on Sunday.

The House of Reprsentatives voted 274-0 with 207 abstentions for the decree to authorise the Finance Ministry to borrow about 1 trillion baht to fund the government’s economic and social rehabilitation plans in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

MPs voted 275-1 with 205 abstentions for the decree to allow the government to provide financial assistance to business operators affected by the outbreak. They voted 274-195 with 12 abstentions and one "no" vote for the decree to stabilise the country’s financial system and restore economic security.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanked all MPs taking part in the debate and commenting on the three bills.

The three-day debate started on Wednesday.


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