Thai House to continue scheduled joint meeting despite protest

Other News Materials 22 November 2008 13:06 (UTC +04:00)

A joint meeting to be held on Monday by Thai parliament members (MP) and senators will take place at the parliament and it will not be moved to any other place, House speaker Chai Chidchob reiterated on Saturday.

Although the House was suggested to postpone or relocate the meeting to prevent unrest between local authorities and the anti- government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), Chai said the meeting will be held normally as scheduled, reproted Xinhua.

The PAD on Saturday reaffirmed to continue its scheduled demonstration on Sunday, which was speculated by some local analysts as "an operation to seize the Parliament."

Chai was quoted by local news network The Nation as saying that he will consider necessary actions, if the situation intensifies.

Also on Saturday, hours after the PAD was attacked by a grenade, Thai deputy Prime Minister Chaovarat Charnveerakul asked the PAD not to enclose the parliament because many draft laws, including the ones concerning international treaties, need to be considered during the joint meeting. He said that the government will not be able to host the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit in December, if the laws are not endorsed.

Chaovarat said he hoped that Thai people would unite and prevent violence from erupting for the sake of the country and His Majesty the King.

In the meantime, policemen and army officials were overseeing security at the parliament. Reserve electricity generators were prepared in case of any blackout during the joint meeting.