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    PPP men to control House

    PPP men to control House

    Yongyuth to be voted in as speaker today
    SURASAK GLAHAN and MANOP THIP-OSOD


    The positions of House speaker and the deputies will be filled by the People Power party (PPP), giving it total control, following the decision by the coalition partners yesterday not to contest the posts.

    Although the opposition Democrats will propose candidates for the positions to parliament, this will be only a show of the spirit of democracy.

    Yongyuth Tiyapairat yesterday resigned from the job of PPP deputy leader to clear the way for him to become the speaker of the 480-member House of Representatives. The constitution does not allow the House speaker to hold an executive position in a political party.

    Today he will be nominated for the position. His deputies will be Khon Kaen MP and former deputy speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont and Nonthaburi MP Apiwan Wiriyachai.

    PPP spokesman Kudep Saikrachang said that party executives and MPs reached an agreement to nominate Mr Yongyuth to the parliament after a meeting yesterday.

    Mr Yongyuth, a Chiang Rai politician, was the only name proposed for the job of speaker at the party meeting, he said. ''He has been elected an MP several times and has a long experience serving in parliament,'' said Mr Kudep.

    The PPP's five coalition partners, Chart Thai, Matchimathipataya, Puea Pandin, Pracharaj and Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana, agreed to not contest the positions. They chose not to nominate their members for the positions because they preferred to work in the administrative branch, he said.

    PPP secretary-general Surapong Suebwonglee said the party and its allies had not reached final agreement on cabinet portfolios. Despite having no confirmation from the five parties of support for Mr Yongyuth, Mr Kudep said the PPP expected to get their votes today as a courtesy, and he also expected them to back the party's other major decisions.

    Asked whether the party was concerned about Mr Yongyuth facing poll fraud charges now being investigated by the Election Commission, Mr Kudep said the PPP believed the case would not cause its candidate any problems.

    Mr Kudep also brushed aside scepticism about Mr Yongyuth's lack of strong legal expertise, saying the job only needs someone with good management skills. He also declined to answer whether Mr Yongyuth's infamous confrontational style makes him the best candidate.

    The Democrat party yesterday nominated former party leader Banyat Bantadtan, a party-list MP MP, for the House speaker's post.

    Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, a Bangkok MP, was named a candidate for deputy speaker.

    But Mr Banyat admitted it was unlikely that his nomination would gain the endorsement of a House controlled by the PPP.

    He said the Democrat party's nomination was intended to emphasise the spirit of competition in the democratic system and to show it also had people who were qualified to serve as speaker, said Mr Banyat.

    He said the job of House speaker, as one of three leaders of the three branches of government, was very important.

    The person taking the job must be acceptable to people inside and outside parliament and be capable of ensuring House sessions ran smoothly, he said.

    Mr Banyat said if Mr Yongyuth was chosen as the speaker, he must prove he really was up to the task and must be strictly impartial in carrying out the job.

    Yesterday His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn represented His Majesty the King in presiding over the inauguration of parliament at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.

    A total of 460 members of the House of Representatives endorsed by the Election Commission attended the ceremony.

    In his address, the Crown Prince said members of parliament have the urgent task of restoring the nation's stability and making it a happy place to live in.

    The Crown Prince urged all MPs to discuss and settle matters in parliament, basing their decisions on unity and sound judgement, and to put the interests of the people above all else.

    Bangkok Post

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    Re: PPP men to control House

    What the Speaker does

    The House Speaker plays a crucial role in the legislative branch.

    The passage or amendment of laws, including the constitution, plus the speeding up or slowing down of any bills considered by the House all depends on the House Speaker.

    The PPP-led government is expected to try to amend the 2007 Constitution and issue an amnesty for the 111 banned executives from the Thai Rak Thai party. So the Speaker would be closely involved in these moves.

    The House Speaker also processes any censure motion and has the authority to delay or speed up the process to put it on the House agenda.

    When there is conflict between independent agencies or legal disputes over any laws, the House Speaker has the authority to submit the case to the Constitution Court for legal review.

    If one-tenth of MPs sign a request asking for an MP's status to be removed, the Speaker has the authority to submit the request to the Constitution Court to decide if the MP's status should end.

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