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Wissanu not working on new charter

Legal expert Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday he was not assigned to draft a provisional charter for the ruling junta to run the country - but asked to take stock of bills and laws in the pipeline before parliament was dissolved late last year.

"Many people said [I have to draft an interim Charter] but so far I am not assigned to do anything about the interim charter," Wissanu, a former deputy prime minister, told reporters.

"Somebody might do the job, the Council of State or any individual could do it, but I don't know."

He said he was handling two major tasks: considering bills, laws and regulations that could be made, and considering whether the junta's announcements and orders were practical or contradicted existing laws and regulations.

For laws that are urgent, such as regulations that need to be made, amended or ratified in line with the establishment of the Asean Economic Community in 2015, they would be done by the junta, he said.

If they were not urgent, they would be handled by a national assembly once it is established, he said.


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