Pheu Thai wants PM picked from MPs

Pheu Thai wants PM picked from MPs

The Pheu Thai Party is pushing for an amendment to the constitution which would require the next prime minister to be selected by members of parliament.

The chairman of the main opposition party's panel on politics, constitution and democracy, Chusak Nilsiri, said the party has prepared three amendments aimed at improving accountability and people's freedom. The first relates to a change that would require a prime ministerial candidate to be selected from MPs whose party is represented in the House, he said.

However the bill also stipulates that the entire cabinet would not have to resign should the prime minister's MP status be revoked for any reason, resulting in an automatic loss of premiership, he noted. The second bill seeks to remove all conditions for denying bail to criminal suspects, except in cases where the suspect has been proved to be a flight risk.

The change would prevent national security from being cited as grounds for refusing bail.

The third bill would introduce a requirement for a public hearing to be held in all projects which have the potential to harm the environment or health.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT

Preparing to roar back

The aviation industry is finally seeing signs of optimism as it tries to rebound from a major crisis.

06:00

Protest sites in Bangkok

City Hall has designated seven sites where people can hold demonstrations in Bangkok under the Public Assembly Act, though rally organisers have to seek prior permission and follow related laws.

04:33

Land tax payments deferred

The Interior Ministry has extended the deadline for land and building tax payments for three months to help people and business operators cope with economic hardship.

04:00