The amnesty bill proposed by the Pheu Thai Party's Samut Prakan MP Worachai Hema is constitutional, Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said on Sunday.
Mr Prompong also said the ruling party had told all of its MPs to show up for Monday's parliamentary session and vote to approve the third reading of a government draft to amend Section 190 of the constitution. Amending Section 190 would change the current requirement for some international contracts to be approved by parliament. This section currently requires all deals involving issues of sovereignty to be ratified by parliament.
Prompong Nopparit (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)
Mr Prompong said Pheu Thai MPs will meet people in different areas to explain the content of the amnesty law and prevent them from being misled into believing that its purpose was to give benefits to some individuals.
"The amnesty law will be for the benefit of the people. It will cover all sides because it wants to create reconciliation and does not want to discriminate against anyone.
"Pheu Tha's legal team has thoroughly studied the law and it is not unconstitutional as the Democrat Party claims," Mr Prompong said.
Core members of the opposition Democrat Party were holding an anti-amnesty rally near Bangkok's Samsen railway station because they had a political agenda. They want to topple the government rather than seek justice as they claim, he said.
Mr Prompong called on the Democrats to end their protest so people can mourn the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera. Thailand's economic and tourism sectors could be affected if the rally is prolonged, he added.
Pheu Thai also planned to take legal action against Somchai Sawaengkarn, an appointed senator, who accused the party of being controlled by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, brother of current premier Yingluck Shinawatra, he said.