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Prayut to dodge House meeting to avoid oath question

By The Nation

 

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Prayut Chan-o-cha

 

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Wednesday that he would not attend a House meeting to answer a motion regarding errors in his Cabinet’s oath-taking because the issue had been taken up by the Ombudsman Office for an investigation.

 

Prayut said his absence from the afternoon House meeting to answer the motion would not be out of a lack of respect for Parliament.

 

“But the issue has entered its due process. The issue is now in the process of the ombudsmen. It will have its own legal procedures that the government must comply with,” Prayut said.

 

Future Forward Party has submitted a motion demanding the prime minister clarify the issue. The motion was scheduled to be taken up by the House of Representatives on the afternoon of August 14.

 

Future Forward has accused Prayut of violating the constitution by failing to fully state the oath when he and his Cabinet did not commit to protecting and complying with the provisions of the charter. Last week, Prayut issued an apology to his Cabinet for causing the controversy and said he would assume all responsibility, without elaborating.

 

Prayut spoke to reporters as he and his Cabinet members led their spouses on a visit to the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand in Bangkok’s Ratchathevi district at 9.30am.

 

The prime minister and his wife, along with the Cabinet members and their spouses, performed voluntary works to help the blind children at the foundation as an activity under the King-initiated “We Do Good With Heart” voluntary project.

 

The prime minister and entourage donated some learning accessories for the blind to the foundation and took part in making Braille books for blind students at the foundation. They also played games with the blind children, including tug-of-war and football, as well as hosting a lunch for them.

Prayut also joined in singing two songs with the children’s angklung musical band.

 

After singing, Prayut introduced himself and said he and the Cabinet members and their spouses were happy to carry out voluntary activities at the foundation.

 

He said his government would not leave anyone behind and would support all the people. He told the blind children not to feel sorry for their disability because they could do all the things that others can do.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374735

 

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Now that's what I call being dodgy.

 

 
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33 minutes ago, webfact said:

After singing, Prayut introduced himself and said he and the Cabinet members and their spouses were happy to carry out voluntary activities at the foundation.

Self ingratiation of the finest kind ( not ) .. 

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“But the issue has entered its due process. The issue is now in the process of the ombudsmen. It will have its own legal procedures that the government must comply with,” Prayut said.

 

 

Slimy politicians in ALL countries always hid behind the law when it benefits them....And totally disregard laws when it benefits them...

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Opposition calls for PM Prayut to submit to questioning

 

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BANGKOK,14th August 2019 (NNT) - The government opposition has resolved to question the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, concerning his government’s incomplete oath swearing before parliament, after the queries were left unanswered last week.

 

Opposition Whip Chair Suthin Klangsaeng said today that if the Prime Minister does not personally address questions lodged in parliament, the opposition will invoke Article 152 and seek a general non-binding debate covering all acts by the government suspected of being unconstitutional, going beyond the matter of its incomplete oath swearing. The motion may be filed this week, and the opposition will push to have the debate take place before the 2020 budgetary review. Mr. Suthin said the action was to ensure clarity.

 

Future Forward Party MP, Piyabutr Saengkanokkul criticised the Prime Minister for not appearing to field questions, while also reiterating the opposition’s desire to find joint solutions with the government. Mr. Piyabutr added that opposition MPs may switch their questions to deal with the Army Commander addressing foreign media, and economic issues. The House Speaker, Chuan Leekpai, expressed agreement that in principal, the Prime Minister should answer questions put to him personally unless there is due cause for his absence. He explained that questions to do with the oath swearing were left off last week’s agenda due to an excess of matters for discussion.

 

The Prime Minister this morning led members of his cabinet and their spouses on an activity to assist blind people. The volunteer activity was organized by the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under Royal Patronage. Later, he is scheduled to meet with the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking.

 

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Looks like he is playing to his target audience in the hope no one will notice🤔

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In other parliaments I'm sure the 2ic and fellow members of the government would be left to field the questions from the opposition. 

 

Is this not the case here?

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