Thailand: MPs have 5 ministers in their sights

  • Opposition parties will petition the Constitutional Court to remove at least five cabinet ministers from office once the upcoming motion of no-confidence is over.
  • After the censure debate, the opposition parties will launch impeachment proceedings against them by submitting the petition to the courts, said Mr Sutin, a Maha Sarakham MP for the main opposition Pheu Thai Party.
  • Asked about the censure motion, which includes an allegation that the government had dragged the monarchy into the political conflict, Mr Sutin said opposition parties realised that it was a delicate issue, so they would tread carefully.
  • Mr Sutin said opposition parties would work together to ensure the censure debate proceeded smoothly, adding that the number of opposition MPs who had registered to grill the government had increased by 80%.
  • The opposition parties on 26 Jan 21 filed the motion of no-confidence targeting 10 cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The motion was backed by 208 MPs.
  • House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said the motion and supporting signatures would first be verified by officials and if there were no problems, the motion would be urgently put on the House agenda, probably for the middle of Feb 21.

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