Pheu Thai not yet ready to sponsor charter amendments

national February 02, 2012 00:00


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The Pheu Thai Party will not be ready to sponsor the charter amendments until later this month.


“The Pheu Thai draft to pave the way for the charter rewrite has yet to be completed,” MP Philaphan Phalusuk said yesterday.
The main coalition party will push for the charter rewrite without any regard for moves to amend Article 112 of the Criminal Code, a key clause regarding the lese majeste law, he said.
The party still wants to see the formation of a Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) to take charge of the rewriting process, he said.
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra agreed with the idea of the assembly although the details have yet to be finalised, said Philaphan, who had returned from a meeting with Thaksin in Dubai. 
The push by the red shirts to amend the charter is separate from that of the party, he added.
A group of 50 red shirts from the North, accompanied by Pheu Thai MP Sanguan Pongmanee, submitted a people’s bill seeking to amend the charter via the formation of a CDA.
The draft bill filed with Deputy House Speaker Charoen Chankomol followed last month’s draft bill sponsored by red shirts from the Northeast.
“The 60,000 signatures endorsing the bill will have to be verified within 90 days,” Charoen said.
The check is part of the process necessary before the bill can reach the floor of the House of Representatives.
Because of time constraints, the House might have to convene an extraordinary session to debate the activation of the charter-rewriting process, he said.
The current session is scheduled for adjournment in April.
Sanguan said the draft bill from the Northern red shirts called for the CDA to be composed of 77 elected and represented individuals from each province and 24 selected and appointed individuals from among academics and leading figures.

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