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Prayut okays charter change, ending Senate’s power to vote for PM

By The Nation

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gave the green light to amending the Constitution on Wednesday, as Parliament’s two-day special debate on the political crisis wrapped up.

 

Prayut said he agreed with many of the points made by MPs about the crisis, but said the main thing was to support charter amendment.

 

However, Parliament must follow the current Constitution, since it would remain in effect until a new Constitution is established, he added.

 

Charter amendment is one of three core demands being made by anti-establishment protesters. They have also demanded the resignation of Prayut and his government, and reforms to the monarchy.

 

Prayut has insisted he will not resign but said he had no objection to “switching off” the unelected Senate’s power to vote for a prime minister.

 

"I agree to amend the constitution,” said the premier.

 

“As for the issue of senators choosing a prime minister, I don't want to emphasise it. I have no objection to them choosing or not choosing. It's a matter for debate in Parliament,” he said.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30396931

 

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52 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

So, a junta based parliament is going to debate whether a junta based senate can appoint a junta based PM ? Smoke and mirrors to me. 

Unelected Senate (one half of Parliament) will vote on whether they will keep voting for PM......I have no objection to them choosing or not choosing. It's a matter for debate in Parliament,

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6 minutes ago, snawa said:

Unelected Senate (one half of Parliament) will vote on whether they will keep voting for PM......I have no objection to them choosing or not choosing. It's a matter for debate in Parliament,

Half of them are military appointed; therefore, will vote for a military PM. The other half consists of the opposition and ‘coalition’. Coalition meaning they have the numbers. 
 

Parliament is a lost cause. Hence protesters on the street. 
 

 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

"I agree to amend the constitution,” said the premier.

 

Sheesh. Who died and made this guy queen?

 

 

"Charter ammendments coming tomorrow"

 

Yes, I pinched that from the sign often seen in bars: "Free Beer Tomorrow".

 

The Senate gig is sweet: huge salary, four paid positions for "family". No work, plenty of time to snooze.

 

 

 

 

 

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