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26 January 2009 :: 01:01:18 am 39276

Pm Abhisit: No Plan To Dissolve House After Lack of Quorum

BANGKOK, Jan 25 - Despite a call by opposition parties for him to dissolve the House of Representatives following last week‘s lack of quorum in the House, Thailand‘s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Sunday his government accepted responsibility but would not dissolve the chamber.
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His remarks were made as senior members of political parties in the coalition government will meet Sunday evening and, according to Mr. Abhisit, the meeting will bring them to work closer and that he would ask his partners to attend the House meeting in full force, as the lack of a quorum had caused many to feel uncomfortable.

The government must accept responsibility over the incident but it does not require dissolution of the House as demanded by the opposition, Mr. Abhisit said.

Several significant laws will be debated in the House this week and they’re being watched by the public,” Abhisit said, advising that members of parliament should co-operate in pushing the drafts to become law.

The incident took place last Thursday when the lack of a quorum was announced during a House session.

Touching on anti-government protesters loyal to the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) who stormed Chiang Mai University and prevented Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban from attending a social function Saturday night, the prime minister said every political party, whether pro- or anti-government, could exercise their rights, but demonstrations must be held under the law.

Regarding convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s comment that the present government was comprised of several factions including the military, Mr. Abhisit said he believed every person in the country knew fully well that his administration was appointed in accordance with the constitution. Most of the public understands the nature of the government, he added. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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