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09 February 2009 :: 05:02:57 am 28013

Opposition to Censure Government in Early March

BANGKOK, Feb 8 -- Thailand's Opposition Puea Thai Party plans to file a no-confidence motion against the coalition government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva-- probably in early March, according to Chalerm Yubamrung, chief of the members of parliament under the party.
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Mr. Chalerm, public health minister in the previous government, said the timing and content of the censure motion would be discussed by the Puea Thai Party this week.

However, he said he believed the motion could be filed in early March and that some seven MPs from the opposition bloc would grill the government.

He said that the upcoming no-confidence debate would be “unlike the previous ones as it will contain concrete information which could lead to the impeachment of the prime minister.”

“I’m ready to become prime minister if the (Puea Thai) party agrees at a meeting but I’m not prepared to become both opposition leader in the House of Representatives or Puea Thai leader,” Mr. Chalerm said.

On reports that the Puea Thai Party wants a relative of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to become leader of the party, he said the reports were not true.

Thepthai Senpong, spokesman for ruling Democrat Party leader Mr. Abhisit, said the Democrat Party is ready to face the no-confidence debate in the House. (TNA)

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PM: Government not funding Bt2 billion to end ‘Thaksin’ protests

BANGKOK, Feb 8 — Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday denied that his government had set aside Bt2 billion for the Army for operations to disperse future protests by the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the so-called Red Shirts, who are staunch supporters of convicted, ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Mr. Abhisit told journalists that the central government budget for which he is responsible was not set aside for this programme.

However, he said, the government could use such funds to build reconciliation and strengthen the democratic system among people in the country.

The prime minister said he had not heard rumours about an attempt to assassinate Mr. Thaksin, who was ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2006 and is now living in self-imposed exile.

The government isn’t paying special attention to the movements of Mr. Thaksin, because there are “a number of crucial issues, especially economic problems,” that occupy the central concern of the government, Mr. Abhisit said.

The prime minister said he had discussed a political reform plan with Chalerm Yubamrung, chairman of the opposition Puea Thai Party, who agreed with the idea but wanted to further study the details.

Rumours about the Army planning to spend Bt2 billion to prevent future protests by the UDD emerged recently from Natthawut Saikuea, a UDD leader.

Meanwhile, Somchai Petprasert, a member of Puea Thai Party and also chairman of the lower house committee on the military, said he wanted military leaders to clarify whether the reports on spending the budget to disperse UDD protests were true.

If the reports were accurate, then it could be interpreted as contributing to destroying democracy in the country, he added. (TNA)

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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