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Amending Constitution is 'urgent' govt policy, Wissanu says

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Amending Constitution is 'urgent' govt policy, Wissanu says

By The Nation

 

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Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam

 

Amending the Constitution is an urgent policy of the new government, although there was no deadline for completion of the work, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Wednesday.

 

Wissanu said coalition member the Democrat Party, which had made amendment of the Constitution a key policy platform during election campaigning, was satisfied with the move.

 

“Amendment of the Constitution is classified as an urgent government policy. No timeframe has been set, whether it be six months or one year. The [government’s] policies are merely classified as urgent or general,” said Wissanu, who is in charge of government legal affairs.

 

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also doubles as defence minister, would announce the policies in detail during the parliamentary debate on the government policy statement next week, he added.

 

Critics and opposition politicians have attacked the current Constitution, in force since April 2017, for provisions that they say violate democratic principles.

 

Wissanu said on Wednesday that all the coalition parties were satisfied with the final draft of the government’s policy statement.

 

The Cabinet will now revise the wording before the final policy statement is submitted to Parliament for a debate tentatively scheduled for July 25 and 26.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30373121

 

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10 minutes ago, smedly said:

you should not be able to amend a countries constitution on a whim or when you feel like it

 

It should be rock solid and take years of careful thought and public participation to not only amend but also to create 

Tell that to Pinocchio it only took him a couple of months of bullshittin to get his through and then only because he realized he was running out of time at the trough

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Before that get around to that I guess they will be seeking ways to drastically reduce the power of the military and it's interference in politics and to ensure that the next coup is at least one year away.

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No time-frame set - but is there to be a road-map?

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After years in the making, many of us believing that it took so long just to provide the NCPO with an excuse to exist, we now see Wissanu (one of the major military players) announce it needs change. Terrific, another 3 or 4 years delay allowing the same people to apply the same rules to provide yet another constitution. Its just some long winded excuse to stick around even longer and keep the military powerful. We all know what they really think of constitutions, they are more easily disposed of than a plastic bag.

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56 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

wait for it, some old die-hard in the back will say 'thailand is an old country and we have our own ways of doing things'

That used to be called corruption and military extrajudicial killings  in the old days didn't it ?

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

“Amendment of the Constitution is classified as an urgent government policy. No timeframe has been set, whether it be six months or one year. The [government’s] policies are merely classified as urgent or general,” said Wissanu, who is in charge of government legal affairs.

Classified as urgent with no time lime?Six months one year,ten years it will remain urgent unless they put it into the general classification which sound suspiciously like never in a million years.

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Those clowns had five years to write a brand new constitution and even took the liberty to discard the first draft they didn't quite like. That they now get on the amendment bandwagon is ridiculous.

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Amending the Constitution is an urgent policy of the new government,

That's so insulting and degrading to the mastermind behind the constitution who work so hard and diligently to gift-wrapped the constitution to the elites and the military. Meechai will not be a happy chappy.

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