Charter amendment bill voted down

The bill seeking to amend the current Constitution which was promulgated while the military junta was in power in 2017 was voted down late Wednesday night after more than 10…

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Charter amendment bill set aside as Thai lawmakers debate if it even exists 

Wednesday’s parliamentary session was marked by long and heated arguments over whether the charter-amendment bill should go to a final reading or be dropped altogether. Last week, the Constitutional Court…

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Thailand braces for flashpoint as court rules on charter change

Another crucial moment for the Thai Constitution has arrived, with the court set to rule on March 11whether Parliament is authorised to pave the way for a charter rewrite.  The Constitutional Court’s ruling carries serious…

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An anti-establishment protester gives the three-finger salute while taking part in a rally to denounce the use of the lese majeste law, under section 112 of the penal code, in Bangkok on December 10, 2020. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Rivals face off as lèse majesté row hots up

The battle over Thailand’s lèse majesté law has intensified with supporters and opponents coming out in full force to fight for their cause. Representing opponents of the Criminal Code’s Article…

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A man holds a mock tank as he cheers on people taking part in a demonstration calling for the creation of a new constitution in Bangkok on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

All eyes on court as Thai charter-change battle approaches D-Day

The current junta-sponsored Constitution is among the most condemned charters in Thai history, yet also arguably one of the most difficult to amend. The push for charter change received another…

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34 injured in parliament rally, protesters to return to Ratchaprasong Wednesday

At least 34 people were injured in scuffles with police during a rally in front of the parliament Tuesday while protesters vowed to return for another major demonstration at Ratchaprasong…

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What to expect inside (and outside) Parliament during charter-change debate this week

With political temperatures rising close to boiling point, lawmakers head to Parliament today and tomorrow (November 17-18) to deliberate seven motions seeking amendments to the Constitution. The move comes after…

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What chances for charter change bills in Parliament this week?

Parliament will this week (November 17-18) deliberate seven motions seeking amendments to the Constitution, amid mounting pressure for changes to provisions viewed as “problematic”. Among the seven motions, two proposed…

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Opposition rift threatens to hamper charter change moves

Thailand’s so-called pro-democracy bloc is still far from breaking down, but the rift between opposition allies Pheu Thai and Kao Klai could very well undermine their common goal of changing…

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For decades, charter amendment has revolved around one thing

Over the past few days, three prominent political figures talked about proposed constitutional amendment. They may disagree on the timing, but an unspoken consensus is that it was no use…

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