Thai parliament votes down bills aimed at rescinding junta’s post-coup orders

“Doing parliamentary duties” is a divisive term

Thailand’s House of Representatives today (Wednesday) rejected two bills aimed at repealing all announcements and orders, deemed to be violations of the principles of human rights and democracy, issued by the military junta, officially known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

One of the bills was proposed by Director of Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) Jon Ungphakorn and seconded by 12,609 eligible voters. The other was proposed by a leader of the Progressive Movement, Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, and associates.

The House voted 234:162 to reject Jon’s bill, with three abstentions.

Piyabutr’s bill was voted down 229:157, with four abstentions.

The junta, led by General Prayut Chan-o-Cha, who is still the country’s prime minister, overthrew a caretaker government on May 22nd, 2014, following prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s impeachment.


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