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Joint sitting dumps charter amendment bill

BANGKOK: A joint sitting of parliament rejected a charter amendment bill providing for “a people’s constitution” at its first reading today (Nov 17).

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 02:12PM


Supporters of the charter amendment bill sponsored by civic groups at the parliament yesterday (Nov 16) for the first day of the joint sitting. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

Supporters of the charter amendment bill sponsored by civic groups at the parliament yesterday (Nov 16) for the first day of the joint sitting. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

The bill received only 206 votes from MPs and senators, with 473 votes against. Three MPs and three senators abstained from the vote, reports the Bangkok Post.

The bill required 362 votes from the joint chambers, including one-third of the Senate, or 83 senators, to pass the first reading.

It received only three votes of support from senators. They were Naowarat Pongpaiboon, Pisan Manawapat and Monthian Boontan.

Party-list MP of the Democrat Party Panit Wikitset was among the three MPs who abstained.

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The bill had the support of more than 135,000 eligible voters and called for key changes in the 2017 constitution. It was sponsored by Internet Law Reform Dialogue, Re-Solution group, the Progressive Movement and the Move Forward Party.

One of the most controversial proposals was to abolish the Senate, leaving only the House of Representatives in parliament.

Supporters of the bill said the Senate was the product of the coup-makers’ National Council for Peace and Order, since dissolved.

Senator Kamnoon Sidhisamarn, spokesman for the Senate whip, argued it would allow MPs to monopolise lawmaking. Senators also denied they were proxies of the coup regime.

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christysweet | 21 November 2021 - 14:10:11

Speaking of dumps, I have the Mother of them all in a wetland burning 200 meters upwind with package labeling from a local 5 star resort conglomerate's construction site. Will they step up to responsibilities or just  sue me as threatened this morning ? 

Pooliekev | 20 November 2021 - 15:14:34

Thailand doesn't need these American regime changes. 

Kurt | 18 November 2021 - 13:27:41

In democratic countries a Constitution is cut in stone. Not touched by generals/politicians for own comfort and profits. In Thailand we can't speak of 'The Constitution'.  So many during the last decades ended just in a dust bin for purpose of convinience . There is no common respect for passing constitutions in Thailand. Is just like a announcement that the shop is closed today.

christysweet | 18 November 2021 - 10:06:48

Thailand's problem is a Constitution that changes upon the wind is not a suitable foundation for a Democracy. Look to Japan for an example- After WW II it adopted the US Constitution (plus an ERA for women) and has been exemplary in democratic principles ever since.

Fascinated | 17 November 2021 - 17:01:48

No surprise at all- the dinosaurs are running scared. Can't break up the golden cash ow.

 

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