Cabinet wants 4 day debate

The cabinet has proposed that the no-confidence debate be held from July 19-22, but the timetable remains open to negotiation by the opposition.

The timetable was set by the cabinet at its weekly meeting yesterday. The government settled for a four-day debate, while the opposition said it wanted five days.

Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said the cabinet decided on the term after being prompted by Speaker of Parliament Chuan Leekpai, to whom the opposition earlier presented the no-confidence motion.

The cabinet felt that four days would suffice for the debate as there are two public holidays next month: Asarnha Bucha Day on July 13 and His Majesty the King’s birthday on July 28.

The government whip will now discuss the proposed timeline for the debate with the opposition.

Chuan said the issue that needs to be resolved is how debate time will be divided between speakers from the government and opposition benches.

The government and opposition whips will be invited this week to finalize the schedule and decide on time allocation for both parties.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the cabinet meeting yesterday that he was ready to respond to the censorship allegations.

The opposition appointed General Prayut and 10 other ministers.

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