05 Sep '15, 9am

Worries in Thailand over draft constitution before vote

Worries in Thailand over draft constitution before vote

BANGKOK: The Thai Constitution Drafting Committee has completed its task. Since their appointment last November, the 36 legal experts, many of whom drafted the previous constitutional documents of 1997 and 2007, have been developing the latest charter - a constitution that will alter the power structure of Thai politics by reducing the power of elected officials at the national level. It is being hailed as a "Citizen’s Constitution”. "This new constitution will increase the power of citizens by directing the course of democracy, not leaving this to the politicians,” said Pakorn Preeyakorn. “The basic intention is to make citizens the true architect of Thai politics.” The military mistrust of politicians is very apparent in the draft charter. Many post-coup administrators blame the politicians for creating and perpetuating the cycle of political crises that dogged Thailand ...

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