First referendum on new constitution expected in Q1 of next year

The first referendum on a new constitution for Thailand is expected to be held during the first quarter of next year, after the formation of a 35-member ad hoc panel…

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Rules and procedures on the election of House speaker

Thailand’s House of Representatives is scheduled to hold its first meeting on July 4th, to elect the House speaker and two deputies, but the two major parties, Move Forward and…

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New charter must protect democracy and prevent coups

The Constitution should be amended to protect democracy and render it impossible to organise a putsch to overturn the constitution, with the courts held duty-bound to safeguard democratic rule. These…

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House unanimously votes for referendum before drafting new charter for Thailand

The Thai House of Representatives voted unanimously today (Thursday) to propose that the cabinet holds a referendum, to gauge the opinions of the Thai people about the drafting of a…

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Youth groups, eyeing change, wait with bated breath for ruling on PM

August 24 has portents of becoming judgement day as leaders of many youth movements are planning major protests if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha holds on to power he seized eight…

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3 weeks or 5 years – how much longer can Prayut legally stay in power?

Questions over whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha can legally remain in office after August 24 have resurfaced as the date approaches. On that date, Gen Prayut will have been in…

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Spirit of 1932 Revolution still the guiding light in Thai quest for true democracy

The overwhelming victory of Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt in the recent gubernatorial election has come as a breath of fresh air on the national political landscape, as voters are now…

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Slim chance of People’s Constitution draft passing parliamentary scrutiny

Former election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn has predicted that there is only a slim chance that the People’s Constitution draft, scheduled to be debated in a joint session of parliament on…

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Pheu Thai party changes stance, now supports changes to lèse majesté law

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party has openly declared its support for amendment of the country’s strict lèse majesté law (Section 112 of the Criminal Code), and sedition (Section 116), the…

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Anti-graft body urges rejection of charter amendment draft by Palang Pracharat

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has voiced its objection to a draft charter amendment, seeking to protect both elected MPs and non-elected senators from punishment for their interference in…

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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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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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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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Watana defends Pheu Thai not amending Thai Monarchy section of Constitution

A core member of Thailand’s main opposition Pheu Thai party has defended their stand of not touching chapters 1 and 2 of the existing Constitution, regarding Thai sovereignty and the…

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Student protesters flash the three-fingered Hunger Games salute during an anti-government rally at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom on August 18, 2020.

Student representatives to be included in panel to draft a new charter

Thailand’s students will be represented, for the first time, in the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA), under a proposal by government whips, chief whip Wirat Rattanaseth said Monday, after a meeting…

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House panel to amend Thai Constitution to allow wider amendments

The House Committee, formed to study problems with and ways to amend Thailand’s Constitution, has resolved to change Section 256 of the charter, to clear the way for broader constitutional…

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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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Opposition sign pledge to push for charter rewrite

Before they held a discussion on the charter, seven opposition parties signed a letter of ratification on Saturday to confirm their determination to amend the current Constitution. Future Forward party…

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Kasetsart U lecturer in hot water for proposing change to Section 1 of the Constitution

A political activist has called on Kasetsart University to take disciplinary action against a lecturer, for proposing the amendment of Section 1 of the Constitution, in order to set an…

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Sudarat claims PM will defy Constitution if he does not support amendments

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be held accountable for violating the Constitution if he does not support efforts bid by both government and opposition parties to amend the charter. This…

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Future Forward spokeswoman’s remarks about charter draw flak

Future Forward party spokeswoman Ms. Pannika “Chor” Wanich’s remarks about the entire Constitution has drawn flak from, among others, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the Palang Pracharat party and academics….

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PM claims oath-taking issue is over

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Monday) that the cabinet’s swearing-in issue was over because his recital of the oath had included the full text of the oath and was…

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Future Forward to push for scrapping of Charter section 279 and junta-appointed Senate

The Future Forward party has vowed to press ahead with its plan to collect more than 100 signatures of fellow MPs to support its motion to amend the Constitution, with…

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Opposition to intensify campaign for constitutional amendments

The seven-party opposition coalition has stepped its campaign to solicit public support for its attempt to amend the Constitution and to educate the people about the Constitution. Speaking at a…

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Thanathorn may be in trouble over  alleged share-holding in media firm

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit may be in hot water over his alleged share-holding in a media organization which, if true, would be in violation of the Constitution.   According to Isra news agency, Thanathorn…

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Sudarat shrugs off desertions of Pheu Thai Party’s members 

Chief election strategist of Pheu Thai Party Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan on Saturday shrugged off speculation that several of her key party members are on the verge of deserting the former…

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Thanathorn blames Constitution for the creation of Thai Raksa Chart party

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit has blamed the Constitution for the creation of the Thai Raksa Chart (Thai Nation Protection) party, which is widely seen as an offshoot of…

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