Senators and some members of parliament expressed their reluctance to vote for Pita Limcharoenrat, the sole Prime Minister candidate from the Move Forward Party (MFP), citing the iTV share case and his party's campaign to amend Article 112 as their primary justifications for withholding support.
Senators and MPs from non-coalition parties focused on the iTV shares case, which regained attention after the Election Commission recently petitioned the Constitutional Court to address the matter. Despite evidence suggesting that iTV had ceased functioning as a media company long ago, they argued for disqualifying Pita based on this case.
Senator Prapan Koonmee stated, "the nomination of Pita Limcharoenrat, I believe, is a nomination of an individual who clearly meets the criteria for disqualification under Article 160 of the Constitution."
The parliamentary session, intended for selecting the next prime minister, quickly turned into a heated debate centered around Article 112. Supporters of the establishment targeted this particular article as their main point of attack.
Senator Somchai Sawaengkarn, known for his outspoken nature and frequent disagreements with Pita's candidacy, criticised Pita's suitability for the role of prime minister, saying Pita's ownership of iTV shares and his previous stance on Article 112 rendered him unqualified.
Furthermore, some individuals alleged that Pita and the MFP were involved in various past incidents of unrest, particularly those led by youth.