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Thai gov't braces for censure debate

English.news.cn   2012-11-22 17:58:30            

BANGKOK, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called a meeting of some cabinet members to work out preparations for the no-confidence debate triggered by the opposition Democrat party, Thai News Agency reported on Thursday.

The censure debate is set to begin Sunday and carry on through Tuesday.

Prime Minister's Office Minister Varathep Rattanakorn on Wednesday said the prime minister wanted all ministers, whether subject to the censure or not, to discuss the context of the debate and to prepare information to be explained to the House of Representatives.

He said Yingluck is not worried by the debate but she wants ministers to give clear explanations to the House. She will be present during the parliamentary session.

Varathep said the government will also be ready for the Senate non-voting debate, set for Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ( local time) and next Wednesday (November 28) from noon onward.

The premier asked every cabinet member to be presented during the Senate debate, while she herself will appear in the Senate on Wednesday, the minister said.

Chief Government Whip Udomdej Ratanasathien called on cabinet members to give their clarifications during both the Lower House and Upper House debates to demonstrate that the government is not ignoring parliamentary procedure in the legislative branch.

He said the prime minister instructed all cabinet members to appear in the Parliament.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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