06 Sep '15, 5am

#Thailand's junta-appointed council rejects draft constitution

Thailand's junta-appointed National Reform Council has rejected the regime's own draft constitution, by a vote of 135 to 105. The vote took place on Sunday morning, and in effect resets the process of drafting a new constitution - buying the military itself more time in power. Significantly, many former military members of the Council voted against the draft. If the constitution had been passed, it would have been put to a public referendum in January, followed by a general election. Now, however, a new constitution drafting committee will be set up within 30 days, and the process begun anew. The new draft would have to be completed in 180 days. That takes the process deeper into 2016. Sam Zarifi, Bangkok-based regional director for Asia and the Pacific of the International Commission of Jurists, tweeted seconds after the voting was finished : "Junta-appointed council reje...

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