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    No special censure debate: Samak

    No special, censure debate: Samak
    By The Nation

    Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Sunday ruled out a special debate on national problems or a no-confidence debate during the on-going extra-ordinary session of Parliament.


    Speaking during his Talk Samak Style programme on NBT, Samak said the special session was planned only for debating organic-law and budget bills and had no time for a special debate on the national problems.

    The Democrat Party has proposed that Samak invoke Article 179 of the Constitution to allow a joint sitting of MPs and senators to debate the on-going political and economic crises.

    A group of senators has also filed a motion demanding a special debate on the crises.

    Samak said the special session was initially planned only for budget bill deliberation but the government had the session opened longer with intention to have some organic-law bills deliberated as suggested by the government whips.

    He said June 11, 12, 18 and 19 were for deliberation of organic-law bills and June 25, 26 and 27 were for deliberation of the budget bill.

    The Democrat threatened to file a censure motion against the government if Samak does not invoke Article 179 to open the special debate.

    Samak said the opposition could go ahead with the censure motion because he is not afraid but the censure debate could not be allowed to be held during the special session of Parliament.

    "I am not trying to avoid a censure debate as charged," Samak said during his live talk programme on NBT, adding that the government would have to give priority to the budget bill debate.

    "I would like to ask whether the Democrat woud allow a censure debate if it were the government now."

    He said if the censure motion is filed during an ordinary session, it will definitely be allowed to take place.

    He said he was certain that he has done nothing wrong during his only four months in office.

    He said his opponents alleged that there were irregularities in his plan to rent 6,000 NGV buses to provide services to city commuters and the opposition was "very eager" to take up the allegations to attack his government.

    He said his opponents published their allegations on a website that he, former Thai Rak Thai executive Newin Chidchob and Khunyting Pojaman Shinawatra, the wife of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, would Bt2 billion each from the project.

    But, Samak said, the allegations were unreasonable as the government would rent the bus at the rate of Bt5,000 each so there would not be enough money to pay the alleged kickbacks.

    He added that the project was only so far in the "testing the water" state but his opponents rushed out to take it up as ammunition for attacking him.

    "It seems they are very eager to take me down," Samak said.

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    Re: No special censure debate: Samak

    Govt faces no confidence censure
    By The Nation

    The Democrat Party is expected to file a nocon¨fidence motion tomorrow to censure the government after Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Sunday rejected a call for a general debate on its perform¨ance after just four months.


    The opposition whips may finalise preparations for a cen¨sure debate today, Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said.

    The targets for grilling include Samak and five to six Cabinet members.

    "If the government is to con¨tinue running the country as it has been doing, the country will suffer a lot more damage," Abhisit said.

    He voiced optimism that the government may overcome pet¨tiness to allow the censure debate to take place.

    Under the Constitution, a noconfidence motion must reach the floor at least seven days before the closing of the extraor¨dinary House session, which is scheduled for June 27.

    Those facing censure may include Interior Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Surapong Suebwonglee, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Mingkwan Sangsuwan.

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    Govt faces no confidence censure
    By The Nation

    The Democrat Party is expected to file a no-confidence motion tomorrow to censure the government after Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Sunday rejected a call for a general debate on its perform¨ance after just four months.


    The opposition whips may finalise preparations for a censure debate today, Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said.

    The targets for grilling include Samak and five to six Cabinet members.

    "If the government is to continue running the country as it has been doing, the country will suffer a lot more damage," Abhisit said.

    He voiced optimism that the government may overcome pet¨tiness to allow the censure debate to take place.

    Under the Constitution, a noconfidence motion must reach the floor at least seven days before the closing of the extraordinary House session, which is scheduled for June 27.

    Those facing censure may include Interior Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Surapong Suebwonglee, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Mingkwan Sangsuwan.

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