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HM King inks Royal Decree, appointing CDA

His Majesty the King has signed a royal decree to appoint the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) yesterday (December, 1). The Chairman of the Council for National Security (CNS) Gen.Sonthi Boonyaratglin has received the royal endorsement.

CDA consists of 100 members including Klanarong Chanthik (นายกล้านรงค์ จันทิก), Chirmsak Pinthong (เจิมศักดิ์ ปิ่นทอง), Karun Sai-ngarm (การุณ ใสงาม), Charan Phakdithanakul (จรัญ ภักดีธนากุล), and Praphan Naikowit (ประพันธ์ นัยโกวิท).

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 03 January 2007

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Royal endorsement for members of charter-drafting panel

100 appointed by CNS include many well-known names

The appointment of 100 members of the Constitution Drafting As-sembly (CDA) has received Royal endorsement.

Many well-known figures were among those appointed by the Council for National Security (CNS), and endorsed by the Royal command dated Monday.

The list was made available yesterday.

The CDA members include former senators Chirmsak Pinthong and Karun Sai-ngam, National Counter Corruption Commission member Klanarong Chantik and election commissioners Sodsri Satayatham and Praphan Naikowit.

Others are active or former bureaucrats, including permanent secretary for Justice Charan Phakdithanakul, Siwa Sangmanee, Aran Thammano, and Somchai Ruchuphan.

The newly appointed members of the Constitution Drafting Assembly could report to work from today, Kampee Disthakorn, deputy secretary-general of the Parliament, said yesterday.

Observers gave a lukewarm welcome to the new appointees, saying they would have to prove their worth.

Political scientist Prayad Hongthongkham said the 100 names were as the public expected, but it was too early to talk about their ability to draft a constitution.

He said the 100 members of the CDA would assign 25 people to the Constitution Drafting Committee to join 10 others chosen on the advice of the CNS chairman.

Prayad said the constitution was not the ultimate answer to political reform, as that depended on the behaviour of politicians.

"The previous constitution has been accepted as being the best set of laws, but it was cancelled. However the problem with politics is not the law but the user," he said.

If voters still picked constituency members on the basis of money changing hands instead of the government and policies they wanted, there would be no progress, Prayad said.

"The state must educate the people so they understand the meaning of an election," he said.

Suriyasai Katasila, secretary-general of the Popular Campaign for Democracy, said the new CDA was not worse than the chamber which drafted the 1997 charter.

"As we see [the names] on the CDA list, it is a good sign for political reform. Yet, we can't expect that we will get a constitution that is better than the 1997 one because the drafting will be dependant on other factors," he said.

Suriyasai noted there were 30 representatives from the government sector, 26 from academia, 26 from the private sector and 18 from the civic sector.

CNS member and Supreme Commander General Bunsang Niampradit insisted the junta would not interfere in the work of the CDA.

The CNS selected 100 members for the Drafting Assembly from 200 nominees.

One member of the National People's Assembly (NPA) complained that ordinary people were being left out of the drafting process.

Yuttaporn Issarachai said the recently passed royal decree requiring civil servant members of the CDA to be senior officials of C10 ranking or equivalent to director general status, or a professor if from academia - automatically disqualified many candidates.

"This is curbing the rights of others. It's a bad beginning that will lead to the drafting of a constitution by a group of elite [people] that will apply to the rest of the populace," said Yuttaporn, a political science lecturer at Sukhothai Thammathirat University.

"If we allow the process to proceed unilaterally, people will be forced to accept [the charter] they draft. There must be more public participation otherwise it will become worse."

Yuttaporn was among the 30 "renegade" NPA members who cried foul over the earlier election of 200 short-listed CDA members from the pool of 2,000 NPA candidates.

He said a number of the newly appointed CDA members were part of the previous drafting assembly for the 1997 constitution and that did not bode well as they had failed to draft a foolproof constitution the last time.

"These people should admit that they failed to ensure the so-called independent bodies remained independent," he said.

Amorn Wanichwiwatana, an NPA member and director of Chulalongkorn University's Centre for Thai Justice Research and Development, said the 100 names appeared to have been predetermined by the junta.

"It looks more like the junta's constitution drafting assembly," he said.

But other NPA members like Mongkol Rattana, from Phuket province, welcomed the list of 100 CDA members.

"I'm rather satisfied. Those we expected to be appointed have mostly been appointed," he said.

Mongkol said he remained sceptical about the neutrality of NPA chairman Meechai Ruchuphan, who will likely continue to play a crucial role in the drafting.

Source: The Nation - 3 January 2007

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Full list of CDA

His Majesty the King on Monday signed a royal command to appoint the 100 members of the Constitution Drafting Assembly.

The command was countersigned by Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin, chairman of the Council for National Security.

Following is the full list of the CDA members, arranged according to the Thai official list, which was announced Tuesday.

The number behind the names were votes they received in peer voting for 200 CDA nominees before they were picked by Sonthi for the positions.

1 Kanok Tosurat (13)

2 Kannikar Bantherngchit (8)

3 Krisada Haiwattananukul (9)

4 Klanarong Chantik (26)

5 Karun Saingam (12)

6 Deputy Prof Kitti Teerased (10)

7 Krikkiart Pipatseritham (8)

8 Kiatchai Pongpanit (11)

9 Komsun Phokong (14)

10 Charan Pakdithanakul (30)

11 Charas Suwanmala (8)

12 Chutinant Bhirombhakdi (8)

13 Charoensak Rojanaritphichet (18)

14 Deputy Prof Chermsak Pinthong (32)

15 Ch. Chainat Srisemamuang (8)

16 Chanin Buaprasert (13)

17 Chavalit Muennut (22)

18 Chadchai Jiemsripong (20)

19 Chartchai Saengsuk (26)

20 Chalee Kang-im (9)

21 Chamnarn Puwilai (25)

22 Choochai Suphawong (12)

23 Chokchai Aksorn-nant (8)

24 Chaiyos Hemarachata (8)

25 Deputy Prof Duangsuda Te-chotiros (11)

26 Decho Sawananon (17)

27 Thanapit Mulaphruk (32)

28 Pol Lt Gen Thammanit Pitaneelabut (10)

29 Thawat Bowornwanitchayakura (12)

30 Assistance Prof Thitiphan Chueboonchai (11)

31 Theerawat Romsaithong (13)

32 Nakahrin Mektrirat (15)

33 Noraniti Setrabutra (21)

34 Nit Wangwiwat (10)

35 Nimit Chaijeerathikul (9)

36 Nurak Mapraneet (10)

37 Pakorn Preeyakorn (11)

38 Pradit Luengaram (13)

39 Prapan Naiyakowit (15)

40 Prawit Akarachinoret (12)

41 Prasong Phithunkijja (21)

42 Parinya Sirisarakarn (8)

43 Phannarai Saengwichian (8)

44 Phuangphet Sarakhun (10)

45 Pichien Amnajworaprasert (8)

46 Phisit Lee-Atham (7)

47 Adm Phirasak Watcharamoon (11)

48 Paiboon Warahapaitoon (13)

49 Pairote Promsarn (27)

50 Montri Petkum (21)

51 Manoonsri Chottewan (12)

52 Manij Suksomchit (20)

53 Meechai Nukulkij (19)

54 Rath Chuklin (13)

55 Rujira Techangkoon (9)

56 Warakorn Samkoset (12)

57 Watchara Hongpraphas (9)

58 Wichai Roobkhamdee (7)

59 Wichai Ruangreangkulrith (8)

60 Wichai Srikwan (19)

61 Wicha Mahakhun (7)

62 Withaya Boriboonsap (27)

63 Wittaya Kotchakuen (13)

64 Witthaya Ngarnthawee (23)

65 Withawas Boonyasathit (12)

66 Venus Manmungsin (15)

67 Wutthichart Kalayanamitr (13)

68 Assistant Prof Wuthisarn Tanchai (39)

69 Sriracha Charoenpanit (12)

70 Sakchai Unchittikul (16)

71 Saknarin Khuen-on (9)

72 Siwa Saengmanee (27)

73 Sawetr Thinnakul (16)

74 Sodsri Satayatham (12)

75 Sanan Intharaphrasert (10)

76 Somkiat Rodcharoen (12)

77 Prof Somkid Lertpaitoon(30)

78 Somchai Ruchuphan (13)

79 Somyos Somwiwatchai (9)

80 Sawad Chotipanich (17)

81 Sawang Pupatwiboon (33)

82 Sawing Tan-ut (9)

83 Sarmkhwan Phanomkhwan (10)

84 Sundhon Chanrungsri (16)

85 Surachai Liengbunlertchai (8)

86 Surapon Pongtatsirikul (27)

87 Sermkiat Voradit (8)

88 Seri Nimayu (11)

89 Seree Suwanpanon (26)

90 Lakchai Kittiphon (12)

91 Anusart Suwanmongkhon (11)

92 Apichart Damdee (7)

93 Akkharat Rattanajun (12)

94 Aran Thammano (14)

95 Alisa Phansak (9)

96 Akrawit Sumawomg (15)

97 Angkhana Neelapaijit (11)

98 Ar-pha Atthaboonwong (12)

99 Uthit Chuchuey (40)

100 Okart Tepalakul (55)

Source: The Nation - 3 January 2007

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HM King inks Royal Decree, appointing CDA

His Majesty the King has signed a royal decree to appoint the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) yesterday (December, 1). The Chairman of the Council for National Security (CNS) Gen.Sonthi Boonyaratglin has received the royal endorsement.

CDA consists of 100 members including Klanarong Chanthik (นายกล้านรงค์ จันทิก), Chirmsak Pinthong (เจิมศักดิ์ ปิ่นทอง), Karun Sai-ngarm (การุณ ใสงาม), Charan Phakdithanakul (จรัญ ภักดีธนากุล), and Praphan Naikowit (ประพันธ์ นัยโกวิท).

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 03 January 2007

If possible please.

Can anyone supply some details on their various roles in society as the list i read only gives names, most of which i cannot relate to.

AND

On behalf of ALL members............................................

Welcome back J.D we all missed your imput.

We also hope you enjoyed your well earned holiday, albeit a brief one. :D

marshbags :o

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Welcome back J.D we all missed your imput.

Cheers marshbags.

Sawadee Pee Mai.

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CDA member concerned over next general election

A member of the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) has expressed concern over the next general election, adding that the new constitution should focus on the decentralization of power.

Asst.Prof.Pakorn Priyakorn (ปกรณ์ ปรียากร), an academic of the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) and CDA member, said the most worrying problem of Thai politics is the election corruption. As for the drafting of the new constitution, he viewed that it should stick to the 1997 one. However, the party-list system, which was introduced by the last constitution, should be revoked as the party-list members of parliaments have not proved to be true representatives of people. He would also like to see the new constitution free from loopholes which facilitate capitalists in politics.

In addition, The CDA member thought that CDA should consider other problematic issues of the 1997 constitution as well, including the roles of senators and 90-day lock on MPs switching parties.

Regarding the 180-day timeframe of the new constitution drafting, Asst.Prof.Pakorn said he thought it is appropriate.

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 03 January 2007

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CDA member concerned over next general election

A member of the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) has expressed concern over the next general election, adding that the new constitution should focus on the decentralization of power.

Asst.Prof.Pakorn Priyakorn (ปกรณ์ ปรียากร), an academic of the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) and CDA member, said the most worrying problem of Thai politics is the election corruption. As for the drafting of the new constitution, he viewed that it should stick to the 1997 one. However, the party-list system, which was introduced by the last constitution, should be revoked as the party-list members of parliaments have not proved to be true representatives of people. He would also like to see the new constitution free from loopholes which facilitate capitalists in politics.

In addition, The CDA member thought that CDA should consider other problematic issues of the 1997 constitution as well, including the roles of senators and 90-day lock on MPs switching parties.

Regarding the 180-day timeframe of the new constitution drafting, Asst.Prof.Pakorn said he thought it is appropriate.

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 03 January 2007

Decentralization would be a good thing for the people imho. To date it has been resisted and obstructed by virtually all politicians.

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Gen.Winai affirmed CNS will not interfere with CDA in selecting CDC members

Permanent Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Council for National Security (CNS), Gen.Winai Patthiyakul (วินัย ภัททิยะกุล) affirmed that CNS will not interfere with the selection of the rest 25 members of CDC by the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA).

Gen.Winai revealed that CNS will select 10 CDC members within these two days, adding that CNS will select them based on appropriateness and knowledge of law.

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 03 January 2007

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CDA member concerned over next general election

A member of the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) has expressed concern over the next general election, adding that the new constitution should focus on the decentralization of power.

Asst.Prof.Pakorn Priyakorn (ปกรณ์ ปรียากร), an academic of the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) and CDA member, said the most worrying problem of Thai politics is the election corruption. As for the drafting of the new constitution, he viewed that it should stick to the 1997 one. However, the party-list system, which was introduced by the last constitution, should be revoked as the party-list members of parliaments have not proved to be true representatives of people. He would also like to see the new constitution free from loopholes which facilitate capitalists in politics.

In addition, The CDA member thought that CDA should consider other problematic issues of the 1997 constitution as well, including the roles of senators and 90-day lock on MPs switching parties.

Regarding the 180-day timeframe of the new constitution drafting, Asst.Prof.Pakorn said he thought it is appropriate.

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 03 January 2007

Decentralization would be a good thing for the people imho. To date it has been resisted and obstructed by virtually all politicians.

Decentralization would work considerably better if it wasn't felt that local government wasn't even more corrupt than national government..

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CDA views that new Constitution should stick to 1997 Constitution framework

The Constitution-Drafting Assembly (CDA) views that the new Constitution should follow the 1997 Constitution fraework. According to sources at Chart Thai, the party is satified with the election of the 100 CDA members.

Mr.Klanarong Chantik (กล้านรงค์ จันทิก), a CDA member, views that the 1997 Constitution should be used as model of new Constitution. However he said that slight changes in the constitution should be amended, such as articles concerning independent organizations and the article 209 which allows the premier to transfer shares to members of the same family.

Chart Thai leader Banharn Silapa-Archa (บรรหาร ศิลปอาชา) said he is happy with the election of the 100 CDA members. However he has also urged agencies to observe the selection of the Constitution-Drafting Committee (CDC).

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 03 January 2007

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Royal endorsement for members of charter-drafting panel

100 appointed by CNS include many well-known names

The appointment of 100 members of the Constitution Drafting As-sembly (CDA) has received Royal endorsement.

Many well-known figures were among those appointed by the Council for National Security (CNS), and endorsed by the Royal command dated Monday. ....

Source: The Nation - 3 January 2007

Well I am glad to see that the less-than-well-known top vote getter, Okart Tepalakul, a car dealer from Chachoengsao province, remains on the committee. It appears that Khun Ohart's primary qualification is having been a loyal classmate of coup leader Sonthi. It also appears that the primary drafting of the newest constituion will fall to the coterie of the legal hands from Thammasat U on the list as many of the names are simply other friends and business acquaintances of the coup leaders.

Chaiyo!

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Chiang Mai governor ready to work as a CDA member

Chiang Mai governor Wichai Srikwan expressed his pleasure after being appointed as one of the 100 Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) members. He also expressed his gratitude for the support of Chiang Mai residents and the authority who considered the appointment.

Mr. Wichai said he would consult with other constitution drafters and assembly members so they could work at their best. He insisted that his duty in the CDA would not affect his routine works because he has disseminated his responsibilities to Chiang Mai deputy governor and district-chief officers.

The CDA has four representatives from Chiang Mai including Mr. Wichai Srikwan, raming tea business operator Nitya Wangwiwat, Lanna Hospital representative Prawit Akkrachinoret, and private sector representative Sawing Tun-ud.

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 04 January 2007

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CNS spokesman explained the ratios of CDA

Council for National Security (CNS) spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the proportions of regions and careers were taken into account for selecting 100 Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) members.

The CDA incorporates representatives from various professions. They comprise of four provincial governors, five lawyers, five representatives from independent entities, eight retired people, four local administrators, four village chiefs, two physicians, a teacher, a state enterprise official, 19 business operators, two farmers, one personnel from a private institute, four law counselors, four mediators, two representatives from public organizations, two students, one freelance employee, 11 political sciences, seven qualified lawyers, five university rectors, and two prominent economists.

In summary, the CDA composes of 28 government agencies, 27 private agencies, 23 social activists, and 22 academics.

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 04 January 2007

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CDA has 15 days before the selection of 25 CDC members

The Council for National Security (CNS) Spokesperson, Col.Sansuarn Kaewdamnuen (สรรเสริญ แก้วกำเนิด) said the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) has 15 days after its first meeting to start the selection process of 25 members of Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC).

According to the spokesman, the first meeting of CDA is expected to take place on January 8, or no later than January 10, to select the chairman and vice chairman.

CDA is expected to finish the constitution drafting process within 180 days and then it will arrange a public hearing on the draft of the new constitution.

As for CDC, it has to finish writing organic laws necessary for the general election within 45 days before forwarding it to the National Assembly (NA) for approval.

CDC has 35 members consisting of 10 selected by CNS and 25 selected by CDA.

Source: Thai National News Bureau Public Relations Department - 04 January 2007

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