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Vote for Thailand’s next PM postponed “until further notice”

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Thailand will be without a new PM for a bit longer. Or longer than that. Nobody really knows after the House Speaker postponed the next joint sitting of the Thai parliament.

Yesterday, House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha announced that the vote for a new PM has been postponed pending a ruling from the Constitutional Court. Some MPs also said they had made plans for the 6 day long weekend this week and didn’t want a delay in voting to affect their travel plans.

The Constitutional Court is being asked to decide if parliamentarians acted unconstitutionally by preventing Pita Limjaroenrat from being re-nominated for the top job. Academics are split on the parliamentary vote last week which prevented Pita Limjareonrat being nominated for a second time.

Nation Thailand reports that on Monday, 3 ombudsmen referred the matter to the Constitutional Court, asking it to rule on whether or not 395 lawmakers were in breach of the Constitution.

The parliamentarians blocked the Move Forward leader’s re-nomination, arguing that it would be a violation of Article 41, which prohibits a rejected motion from being re-submitted if its rejection occurred in the same session.

Until the Constitutional Court rules on the matter, voting for a new PM is on hold. Yesterday, Wan also confirmed that this afternoon’s meeting of the 3 whips – the Senate, coalition parties, and parties outside the 8-party coalition, is also being postponed as a result.

In addition, a number of parliamentarians had requested that tomorrow’s PM vote be delayed due to other commitments they have on the day. Wan says were Parliament to meet as scheduled, it might be without a quorum.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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