09 May '18, 12am

Thailand’s junta is dictating its term in office: https://t.co/rul4pCdTo7

Thailand’s junta is dictating its term in office: https://t.co/rul4pCdTo7

The military-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee has come up with a charter that will keep elected political parties weak and small. For good measure, the 250-member Senate will be appointed entirely under the junta’s purview, representing a mandated one-third military quota in the Parliament — higher than Myanmar’s one quarter. The Constitution also allows an individual who is not a member of parliament to become prime minister if no clear candidate in the lower house emerges. This clause is seen by the public as designated specifically for General Prayut. To make matters worse, the main supposedly independent agencies — the Election Commission, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Constitutional Court — are run by junta loyalists.

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/05/09/thailands-junta-i...

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