The costly new attempt to rewrite the Thai constitution


Members of the National Reform Council (NRC) pose during a group photo following their vote on the new draft constitution at Parliament House in Bangkok, Thailand, 06 September 2015. Thailand's junta-appointed reform council rejected a new draft constitution on 06 September, putting the next general election on hold until 2017 at the earliest. The 247-member committee voted 135-105 to reject the proposed charter, with seven abstentions.

The costly new attempt to rewrite the Thai constitution

After Thailand's failed attempt to pass a constitution in September, the military Junta appointed a new 21 person constitutional committee that started work on 6 October with a six month mandate to write a new constitution. According to Meechai Ruchupan, former senate speaker and drafter of the post 2007 constitution as well as head of the new committee, one of the important initial decisions will be whether to write a new constitution or to modify the old one.

Ruchupan, speaking to the press...

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