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Bhokin heads coalition charter panel

Bhokin Bhalakula, legal adviser to the Pheu Thai Party, was on Tuesday appointed chairman of the coalition special committee studying how to amend the charter.



Bhokin, one of 111 former Thai Rak Thai executives who is now free from the fiveyear political ban, said the panel voted unanimously to appoint him as chairman.

Bhokin said the panel also appointed Pongthep Thepkanchana, another former Thai Rak Thai executive, as deputy chairman of the charter amendment panel.

The panel met Tuesday to review the ruling of the Constitution Court on the charter amendment bill, which is pending its third reading.

Bhokin said the panel Tuesday decided that the ruling did not order a public referendum but simply suggested that a public referendum should be held in the event that an entirely new charter were to be written.

Bhokin said the panel recognised that the 2007 charter needed to be amended because it has several conflicting articles.

Among other things, the panel disagrees with a provision that requires a political party to be dissolved when its executives have violated the election law.

Bhokin said the panel has not yet set up a timeframe for the study on charter amendments. The panel Tuesday assigned all coalition partners to study the ruling of the Constitution Court in detail. Another meeting will be held on August 20 to vote on whether the pending charter amendment bill should proceed in its third reading.


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