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Officials conduct rehearsals for selection of House Speaker and new PM

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Rehearsals are underway for the selection of House Speaker, 2 deputy House speakers, and Thailand’s next PM. Thai PBS World reports that officials from the Office of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives kicked off rehearsals yesterday, June 20.

Monday’s endorsement of 500 MPs by the Election Commission kicked off the timeline that will now unfold over the next month, leading to a new government, PM and cabinet.

According to the report, the House Speaker and 2 deputy speakers are expected to be selected within 15 days of the official opening of the new parliamentary session, which is around the middle of next month.

MPs will cast secret votes during the selection process for all 3 speaker positions. However, when it comes to choosing Thailand’s next leader, there will be a roll-call vote during a joint session of MPs and senators. Each MP or senator will have 3 options: vote yes to the PM candidate, vote no, or abstain. The candidate needs at least 376 votes in order to become PM.

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat, currently self-isolating with Covid-19, is the only PM candidate. Between them, the 8 coalition parties have 313 votes, meaning they need at least an additional 63 votes from senators in order for Pita to be chosen as Thailand’s next leader.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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