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20 March 2009 :: 18:03:15 pm 38715

Parliament Starts Second Day Of Censure Debate

BANGKOK, March 20 - Thailand's Parliament starts the second day of a censure debate Friday morning against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and five Cabinet ministers after the first day of debate ended about 1.30am Friday morning.
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House Speaker Chai Chidchob adjourned the debate even as Opposition Puea Thai Party was censuring Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.

Grilling was to continue after debate resumed at 9am.

The censure move against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was his government’s first major challenge since assuming power on December 22.

Chalerm Yubamrung, leading the debate for Puea Thai, opened the attack against the Democrat-led government Thursday with Prime Minister Abhisit as the first target.

In a three-hour grilling of Mr. Abhisit during the no-confidence debate, Mr. Chalerm charged that in January 2005 his Democrat Party had accepted 258 million baht donation from a listed company. Other issues raised by Mr. Chalerm in attacking the prime minister focused on the allegation that Mr. Abhisit had dodged army conscription 22 years ago.

The Opposition also charged that the Abhisit government?s plan to borrow money from international financial institutions to resolve Thailand?s economic crisis.

The prime minister denied all the allegations.

Apart from Abhisit and Kasit, Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij, Deputy Finance Minister Pradit Phataraprasit, Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul and Deputy Interior Minister Boonjong Wongtrairat are the targets of the Opposition on Friday.

A vote of confidence is set for Saturday. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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