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Thanathorn may attend parliament opening and 1st House meeting

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Thanathorn may attend parliament opening and 1st House meeting




Embattled Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit can attend the formal opening of parliament today, presided over by His Majesty the King in the conference hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Secretary-general of the House of Representatives, Mr. Sorasak Pienwech, said that his office has yet to receive a formal order from the Constitutional Court temporarily suspending Thanathorn’s parliamentary membership so, for now, the he is still a member of parliament and is permitted to attend the event today.


The Constitutional Court voted 8:1 on Thursday to suspend Thanathorn’s parliamentary membership after it unanimously voted to accept the Election Commission’s media share ownership case against the Future Forward party leader.


Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thanathorn-may-attend-parliament-opening-and-1st-house-meeting/




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Thanathorn attends opening of parliament along with other newly-elected members

By The Nation




Dressed in the government uniform, newly-elected members of House of Representatives on Friday attended the ceremony to open parliament.


They included Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit who had been suspended from duties the day before.


White-suited Thanathorn also appeared at the foreign ministry office - the ceremony avenue - as he still had the right to participate in the ceremony but not to vote after his suspension.


The suspension stemmed from the media shareholding case, which is now before the Constitutional Court, to make a decision whether to remove him from office or not.


On Thursday, when the Court announced Thanathorn should be suspended from the House of Representatives until the case was concluded, it was assumed that Thanathorn would not be entering Parliament despite his huge success in the election.


Though it was bad news for the anti-junta camp, supporters were still able to make jokes about Thanathorn and the white suit, posting the attire for sale as a “like new” outfit.


“Second hand but only worn once. It’s good as new,” the viral posts said.


Previously, Future Forward Party had posted photos of its leaders including Thanathorn trying out the uniform after their electoral success. The photos made their supporters happy as most people thought they would not make it into parliament.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30369935



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4 minutes ago, Eligius said:

Even by the junta's standards, this is an impossibly shambolic situation: first we are told that Thanathorn will NOT be able to be politically active now that the Authorities have accepted that he does have a case to answer; next we are told, 'Sorry - nothing official has reached us yet, so Thanathorn can turn up to Parliament' in all his (ridiculous Admiral-style) regalia (I mean - this aspect of Thai officialdom is ridiculous - not Thanathorn).

What a complete joke and a shambles.

Welcome to the hub of ...... 

Fill in the blank, if possible 

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1 hour ago, Ozman52 said:

I have to wonder at the campaign ribbons, as they haven't actually done anything yet. I assume they start with "Showed up first day" and "Found the right door" but after that......


The woman seems to have a different set, also lacking the big one at the bottom. 

They’re not campaign ribbons, more of a bar code system to show governmental position... that’s what I’ve been told anyway 

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15 hours ago, rkidlad said:

What’s the old expression? “Oh, what a tangled tale we weave; when first we practice to deceive”


I guess Sir Walter Scott came up with it thinking that there were always consequences for lying. He’d obviously never visited Thailand. 

In answer to your question, not knowing if it was rhetorical or not, but agreeing with the sentiment -

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.
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