In Thailand, parliament rejects charter amendment bill sponsored by civic groups

By Aekarach Sattaburuth, 17 November
 Parliament of Thailand (photo credit: AP)
Parliament of Thailand (photo credit: AP)
A joint sitting of parliament rejected a charter amendment bill providing for "a people's constitution" at its first reading on Wednesday. The bill received only 206 votes from MPs and senators, with 473 votes against. Three MPs and three senators abstained from the vote. The bill required 362 votes from the joint chambers, including one-third of the Senate, or 83 senators, to pass the first reading. It received only three votes of support from senators. They were Naowarat Pongpaiboon, Pisan Manawapat and Monthian Boontan. [...] The bill had the support of more than 135,000 eligible voters and called for key changes in the 2017 constitution. It was sponsored by Internet Law Reform Dialogue, Re-Solution group, the Progressive Movement and the Move Forward Party. One of the most controversial proposals was to abolish the Senate, leaving only the House of Representatives in parliament.
Read the full article here: Bangkok Post

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