Thailand’s two-ballot electoral system comes into force

Constitutional amendments regarding the two-ballot electoral system take effect today (November 22nd) following the publication in the Royal Gazette yesterday. Under the two-ballot electoral system, the House of Representatives will…

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Assoc. Prof Dr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul of the Progressive Movement (L) and Parit Wacharasindhu of the Re-solution group (R) on November 17, 2021

Thais asked not to lose hope despite rejection by parliament of ‘People’s Constitution’ draft

Secretary-general of the Progressive Movement, a non-party reincarnation of the now-defunct Future Forward party, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, has pleaded with members of the public not to lose hope,…

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Thai parliament rejects ‘people’s charter’ amendment draft

Thailand’s Parliament, during a joint session for its first reading today (Wednesday), voted to reject a constitutional amendment draft, dubbed “the people’s charter”, which sought to abolish the Senate, revamp…

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Key proponents of Thailand’s ‘People’s Constitution’ draft plead with lawmakers to pass first reading

A key proponent of the People’s Constitution draft, Parit Wacharasindhu, pleaded with members of the Thai parliament to be open-minded, claiming that the proposed legislation is not intended to replace…

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Parliament divided over support for a ‘People’s Constitution’ draft

The Thai parliament is clearly divided over the “People’s Constitution” draft, with non-elected senators and government MPs opposing it and opposition MPs, from the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties,…

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court to be petitioned over constitutionality of charter amendments

Thailand’s smaller political parties, most of which have just one seat in the House of Representatives, are set to petition the Constitutional Court this Friday to seek a ruling on…

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Parliament passes two-ballot electoral system by overwhelming majority

A joint parliamentary session on Friday passed the proposed two-ballot electoral system, by an overwhelming 472 votes to 33, in the third and final reading of the only constitutional amendment…

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Pheu Thai confident it will win next election no matter which ballot system is used

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party is not concerned whether the constitutional amendments will be approved by the Senate, as the party expects to win the next election, said opposition chief…

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Re-Solution group submits charter amendment proposals with over 150,000 signatures

Thailand’s “Re-Solution” political action group submitted its constitutional amendment proposals to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai on Wednesday, with over 150,000 signatures from members of the public collected in support, three…

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Thai parliament accepts only one draft charter amendment of the 13 debated

Thailand’s joint parliamentary session voted last night (Thursday) to accept, in principle, only one of the thirteen draft constitutional amendments – to bring back the two-ballot system. The draft, proposed…

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Pheu Thai Party’s dual approach to amending Constitution explained

Pheu Thai Party’s advisor Phumtham Wechayachai has explained the rationale behind the party’s strategy to amend the current Constitution, by proposing amendment of Section 256, to set up a Constitution…

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Court ruling opens Pandora’s box for charter-change process

The Constitutional Court ruling on charter amendment has triggered a new round of debate on whether the ongoing parliamentary process to change the supreme law can continue or if it…

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Thailand’s Palang Pracharat Party against any changes to Constitution regarding the Monarchy

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, in his capacity as leader of the Palang Pracharat Party, today announced the party’s full support of and reverence for the Monarchy, in the…

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Speaker says he was led to believe there would be a vote on constitutional amendments

Thailand’s Parliament President and House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said Thursday night that he was duped into believing that there would be a vote on each of the six motions proposing…

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Senators and MPs are set to vote on constitutional amendments this evening

Members of Thailand’s Parliament and senators are due to vote this evening on the six constitutional amendment motions, proposed by both the Government and Opposition, as protesters from the Free…

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Thai royalist group submits 130k signatures opposing charter amendments

The Thai Pakdee royalist group submitted a list of 130,000 signatures, from people who oppose any changes to the current Constitution, to the speakers of the House of Representatives and…

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Pheu Thai reaffirms it will not touch Thai Monarchy in any new Constitution

The opposition Pheu Thai party today (Thursday) issued a statement reconfirming its call for the creation of a Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) and amendment of Section 256 of the Charter,…

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Thailand’s PM voices support for constitutional amendments

The Thai Government is supportive of attempts, by the House of Representatives, to amend the Constitution, and the Government will draft its own set of constitutional amendments for submission to…

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Most poll respondents say top brass should not be senators automatically

Most respondents to a recent poll agree with House Speaker Chuan Leekpai’s suggestion that, if the Constitution is to be amended, the five military top brass and the national police…

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Opposition to increase their efforts to amend charter

Next year, the Opposition will step up efforts, both inside and outside parliament, to make constitutional amendments a reality to allow fair and just political ground rules or all parties,…

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Future Forward warned not to touch Thaksin issue in its attempt to change the Constitution

The Future Forward party leader has been warned, by the Thailand Development Research Institute’s (TDRI) president Dr. Somkiat Tangkitvanich, not to touch sensitive issues as part of the party’s attempt…

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Most poll respondents doubt charter amendments would help boost economy

Most poll respondents do not believe that Thailand’s economy will improve if the Constitution is amended because they are unrelated issues. Meanwhile, some insist that economic improvement rests with the…

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Democrats want a House panel to study amendments to the Constitution

A group of Democrat MPs has submitted a motion to the House of Representatives calling for the establishment of an extraordinary House committee to study problems with the 2017 Constitution…

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Democrats set constitutional change as condition for joining Palang Pracharat coalition

The Democrat party has set constitutional amendments as conditions for joining the Palang Pracharat-led coalition, party spokesman Ramet Rattanachaweng said today.  Prime Minister Prayut has indicated his acceptance of the…

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