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23 November 2008 :: 13:11:17 pm 39986

Pm: Only Drafted Treaties to be Considered By Parliament

LIMA, Nov 23 - Thailand's Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said the parliament would consider only already drafted international conventions or treaties when it convenes in joint session Monday, and that anti-government protesters should not march to the parliament on Sunday and Monday as such action could obstruct passage of the measures.
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Mr. Somchai said the joint session of Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators on Monday will not review any charter amendment drafts, as feared by the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), but the core PAD leaders do not trust the House Speaker and will demonstrate at Parliament on Sunday and Monday anyway.

Expressing concern, the premier, now attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Peruvian capital of Lima, said the draft laws to be signed during next month’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit inThailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai must first be approved by Parliament according to Article 190 of the Thai constitution.

“The signing (during ASEAN summit) will involve trade to generate income for Thais”, Mr. Somchai said, adding that any obstacle to the passage of the draft laws would spoil future opportunities for the Thai people and not his government. Mr. Somchai said he had ordered police not to use force or otherwise injure the PAD demonstrators, and he advised the anti-government demonstrators to refrain from creating chaos and damaging the country.

A committee headed by Thai army chief Gen. Anupong Paochinda has been set up to monitor Thailand’s security as well as providing counsel to concerned officials, he added. (TNA)


Protest at parliament will proceed as planned: PAD key leader

BANGKOK, Nov 23 – The key leader of the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) reasserted Sunday that the protesters will march to Parliament Monday to block lawmakers from approving a charter amendment draft.PAD core leader Chamlong Srimuang told journalists at Government House which the demonstrators have occupied since August 26 that the coalition may also protest at other sites in addition to Parliament to oppose the government plan to amend the 2007 constitution.

His comments were made after House Speaker Chai Chidchob and Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said earlier that the joint sitting of Members of Parliament and senators on Monday would not discuss charter amendment draft, but retired Maj-Gen. Chamlong said he did not believe them.

If the government is sincere about not amending the charter, it should not have proposed it for a position on the agenda in the first place, he said. Proposing the draft is also illegal.

The PAD leader also attacked Mr. Somchai who had told foreign media that Thursday’s attack on the PAD by unidentified assailants using a military weapon resulting in the death of a PAD security volunteer, with 24 others wounded, was only a common crime.

The attack, Gen. Chamlong said, represented sabotage in the middle of the city, shaking security and was not a common crime. He accused the prime  minister of being ready to see people die as long as he could stay in power. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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