Thai joint parliamentary meeting postphoned

13:17, March 16, 2010      

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House Speaker Chai Chidchob announced Tuesday to postpone the joint parliamentary meeting scheduled to be held later the day after some MPs and senators decided to boycott it amid a mass rally by anti-government movement red-shirts.

According to a TV channel report, the House Speaker cited insufficient quorum as the reason for postponement. The law require the minimum attendance of the joint sitting should be 312.

Democrat and Chartthai Pattana MPs and senators of the 40 Senators group said in the morning they will not attend the meeting.

Acting government spokesman Panithan Wattanayakorn also confirmed earlier this morning that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva would not attend the joint sitting.

Chai sent text messages to all parliamentarians on Saturday telling them to attend a joint parliamentary meeting Tuesday, to discuss draft agreements involving between Thailand and some foreign countries, which require parliamentary approval under Section 190 of the constitution.

On the other hand, the red-shirts movement has staged the rally to topple the Abhisit administration since March 12, urging the prime minister to dissolve the parliament and call a fresh election.

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