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Chuan elected speaker of lower house on dramatic day

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Chuan elected speaker of lower house on dramatic day

By The Nation

 

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Former prime minister Chuan Leekpai walks through a group of MPs after being elected as House Speaker on the first day of the Lower House meeting on Saturday.//Rachanon Intharagsa

 

Democrat patriarch and party-list MP Chuan Leekpai was elected the speaker of the House of Representatives on Saturday, after much wrangling between the pro- and anti-junta blocs.

 

Ex-premier Chuan, the candidate proposed by the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party, secured 258 votes to 235 for Pheu Thai nominee Sompong Amornvivat. One MP abstained.

 

The election of the lower house speaker, the only item on the agenda at the first meeting of MPs, took more than eight hours after Phalang Pracharat proposed a postponement of the vote for unspecified reasons.

 

There were simmerings of discontent in the pro-junta camp after Phalang Pracharat reportedly wanted to field its MP, Suchart Tancharoen, for the post of speaker but the the bloc nominated Chuan at the last minute.

 

Pheu Thai MP Jirayut Huangsap objected to the proposal to put off the vote. A prolonged debate between the two blocs led to pro tem speaker Chai Chidchob, the most senior MP and former house speaker, adjourning the house.

 

After a two-hour break, the house voted on the first motion to decide whether or not to reschedule the election of speaker.

 

The anti-junta camp, comprising seven parties that had signed a pact earlier, voted against deferring the election.

 

Finally, the house voted 248 to 246 with two absentions to elect the speaker on Saturday. Some of the pro-Suchart MPs also voted against the postponement.

 

The Phalang Pracharat-led bloc tried to swing the vote in its favour but failed.

 

The house hence had to vote to choose between Democrat Chuan and Pheu Thai’s Sompong.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30369985

 

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The real battle in parliament (and beyond it) will begin when Thanathorn is disqualified from being an MP and certain other members of his party (such as Piyabuttr) are also removed - and ludicrous interpretations of 'parliamentary rules' are invoked to silence the anti-oligarchs.

Then 'Speaker' or no 'Speaker' - things could turn nasty.

 

Everything depends, ultimately, on what the Thai People permit to persist in their land  ...

 

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I think he's a bit mild mannered to be house speaker,

it's going to need a much tougher character. 

regards worgeordie

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4 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Finally, the house voted 248 to 246 with two absentions to elect the speaker on Saturday.

Does this mean that the Democratic Party and Bhumjaithai Party have joined the Palang Pracharath pro-regime alliance?

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He certainly knows his way around the political circus, but is 80 not a little old to resume a political career 🤔

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23 minutes ago, FritsSikkink said:

Like there was no corruption with the red governments?

Two wrong don't make a right. Yellows are not persecuted or prosecuted (unless they fall out of favour). 

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3 hours ago, Briggsy said:

Chuan could be considered more of a technocrat than a typical Thai politician.

 

Generally they are the governments in Thailand that get most done. 

Chaun presided over the Suthep lead scandal that knocked them out of power, left the dems reeling for a decade, and stole 10s of 1000s of rai of land down south in Sutheps ballywick in the sor por kor scandals of the 90s. A theft and multi billion baht handout of public property given to wealthy families the majority of which was never recovered and is still grinding through courts even now. 

The idea of Suthep as a corruption fighter, or that any of these names should recieve anything other than punishment and an end to political life, is only for those with very short memories or high levels of ignorance and apathy, sadly that sums up the Thai voting population quite well. 

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