Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

HOME // National News // Thailand’s new prime minister to be elected on July 13

Thailand’s new prime minister to be elected on July 13

Facebook/Reuters

Thailand’s newly-elected House Speaker says the vote to decide who will be the country’s next prime minister will be held next Thursday on July 13.

Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, who also holds the role of Parliament president, adds that he can’t say how many voting rounds might be required should Pita Limjaroenrat fail to win the requisite number of votes. It might be a LONG day.

The Move Forward leader needs 376 votes to become Thailand’s 30th PM, but several senators have already stated that his commitment to reforming the controversial lèse-majesté law, which prohibits criticism of the monarchy, means he’s lost their vote.

Nation Thailand reports that, while addressing reporters, Wan Noor confirmed preparations are underway to vote for Thailand’s new leader. He has met with Pornpit Phetcharoen, secretary-general of the House of Representatives, to discuss the PM vote and they agreed to hold a joint sitting, starting at 9.30am on July 13.

Wan has acknowledged that Pita may not get the 376 votes he needs in one sitting and in this case, he says he will consult with both Houses of Parliament to determine next steps.

“If the candidate does not get 64 more votes, another round of voting will have to be called. I can’t tell how many more rounds will have to be called.”

Thailand’s constitution dictates that the PM is elected through a simple majority of 500 MPs and 250 senators, or a minimum of 376 votes.

The Move Forward-led coalition has 312 MPs across 8 political parties, meaning that if Pita fails to secure an additional 64 votes from non-coalition parties, he needs to turn to the junta-appointed Senate.

According to Wan, the charter dictates that voting continue until a PM candidate receives 376 votes, but doesn’t specify how many times, or whether or not new candidates must be nominated.

“I can’t tell what will happen in the future, but the most important thing is we get ourselves a prime minister to run the country.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

Advertisement Phuket Go Advertisement sidebar_1

TRENDING

5 Star Marine Phuket

You May Also Like

Phuket News

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 – Phuket weather, sunset times, air quality and tides (7am) The good news for today’s weather is that we may have...

Phuket News

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 – Phuket weather forecast Increasing cloud today with a corresponding increase in winds from east. The slightly overcast conditions should...

National News

UPDATE: There has been another NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) issued in the past 24 hours which changes Item 5, which MAY provide an...

Phuket Life

No. The December 26, 2004, event, known as the Asian Tsunami, Indian Ocean Tsunami or the Boxing Day Tsunami, was an extremely rare event...