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Pheu Thai at risk of party dissolution: Chalerm

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The ruling Pheu Thai Party will, "with a million per cent certainty", be dissolved if it continues to push for the final passage of the charter amendment bill, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said on Tuesday.





The ruling Pheu Thai Party will, "with a million per cent certainty", be dissolved if it continues to push for the final passage of the charter amendment bill, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said on Tuesday.

"If the bill passes its third reading, then the government will not survive," he said.

Chalerm said Phue Thai supporters should think before demanding the final passage of bill.

The Constitution Court ruled last week that the bill was constitutional, but this was not a judicial endorsement, he said.

The high court simply dropped the charges because there was no tangible action to prove any charter violations, he said. But the passage of the bill might be construed as violating the ban of the rewriting of the entire charter, he added.

Any political parties found to have violated the ban might face disbandment.

He said the government should switch tracks and aim to amend certain provisions instead of introducing a new charter.

If the government took the lead on charter amendments, then it could control the outcome of charter change, he said.

Should it opt to form the Constitution Drafting Assembly, it would not have the same control over the outcome, he said.

Commenting on the idea of dismantling the high court, he said this idea would stir up trouble rather than resolve anything.

He said he believed the public would rally behind an alternate idea of merging the high court with the Supreme Court.


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