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World Thai parliament delays decision on constitution changes

04:02  28 september  2020
04:02  28 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand 's parliament voted on Thursday to delay making a decision on whether it will amend the constitution , as demanded by anti-government protesters who have demonstrated nearly every day for more than two months. The parliament , dominated by supporters

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By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Patpicha Tanakasempipat

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's parliament voted on Thursday to delay making a decision on whether it will amend the constitution, as demanded by anti-government protesters who have demonstrated nearly every day for more than two months.

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The parliament, dominated by supporters of the government, opted instead to set up a committee to study the process of the constitutional amendment first.

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Thai lawmakers delayed a decision on constitutional reform Thursday, sparking anger among protesters outside parliament demanding changes to the kingdom's military-scripted charter and reform of the unassailable monarchy. Lawmakers had been expected to vote on setting up a draft

Thailand 's military-backed parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make amendments to the constitution as suggested by the new king's office, a move likely to delay a general election In order to make those changes , the National Legislative Assembly has first to amend the interim constitution .

"The vote to accept a motion for constitutional changes is effectively delayed to November," pro-government lawmaker Chinnaworn Boonyakiat told Reuters.

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The decision angered opposition parliamentarians and protesters, more than 1,000 of whom had gathered outside the parliament to press their demands for constitutional change and for the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader.

Protesters say the current constitution was drafted to ensure he kept power after elections last year. Prayuth says the vote was fair.

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The Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand ( Thai : รัฐธรรมนูญแห่งราชอาณาจักรไทย; RTGS: Ratthathammanun Haeng Ratcha-anachak Thai ) provides the basis for the rule of law in Thailand . The Rattanakosin Kingdom and the four traditionally counted preceding kingdoms, collectively called Siam

Changing the constitution from what was approved in the referendum was made possible under Article 46 of the junta’s interim constitution , by the The changes were mostly similar to what junta’s legal advisor Wissanu Krea-ngam announced in January. He said the articles that would be rewritten

Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, an MP from the opposition Move Forward Party, said the parliament's decision to delay voting on the motion was intended to "deceive the people."

"If the process is delayed by a month to set up this committee, and if the motion is rejected then, it will mean members of parliament cannot propose another such motion again until next year," he said in a tweet.

Siraphop Attohi, one of the protesters, said: "This is a game to buy more time ... We cannot stand by this."

The protests are the biggest challenge to the Thai military and palace-dominated establishment since Prayuth took power in a 2014 coup. The biggest protest drew tens of thousands of people at the weekend.

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Some protesters say the constitution also gives too much power to King Maha Vajiralongkorn and have called for his influence to be reduced, challenging a longstanding taboo of not criticising the monarchy.

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The National Assembly of Thailand (Abrv: NAT; Thai : รัฐสภา, RTGS: Ratthasapha, pronounced From then on Parliament House became the primary building used for the National Assembly. The new constitution changed the composition of the Assembly to 78 directly elected and 78 appointed (by

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The 2017 constitution was written by a military-appointed committee and passed a nationwide referendum in 2016 at which opposition campaigning was banned.

The assembly combines an elected lower House of Representatives and a military-appointed Senate.

(Additional reporting by Panu Wongcha-um, Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Matthew Tostevin and Hugh Lawson)


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