No dictatation on the charter : CNS chief
The junta will not dictate the content of the new constitution, Gen Sonthi Boonyakalin, chairman of the Council of National Security (CNS), said Wednesday.
Sonthi played down growing fears that the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA), which is currently being selected by the CNS from a shortlist of 200 people chosen from the National People's Assembly (NPA) earlier this week, will merely serve the interests of the junta.
Sonthi said the CNS will select able people who know how to draft the new constitution and will consider balancing the choice from different sectors and professions.
"We can't force them to do things but responsible people [selected] will know what the constitution should look like," he said.
The 100 names to be selected from the pool of 200 will further select 25 among themselves to be joined by another 10 handpicked by CNS to make up the 35person Constitution Drafting Assembly.
Sonthi said the additional 10 to be appointed directly by CNS would all be legal experts qualified to carry out the task.
The coup leader said the only thing he expects from them is to keep to the given time frame.
Gen Vinai Pattiyakul, another coup leader and CNS member is now coordinating the process of picking 100 names, which are expected to be finalised within two weeks.