New charter now in force

The interim constitution, with revised amendment to the King’s obligation to appoint a regent when he is out of the kingdom or is unable to execute his duties, was endorsed by the King yesterday.

The new constitution becomes effective today, one day after announcement was made in the Royal Gazette Sunday.

The royal endorsement of the fourth revised interim Constitution was published on the Royal Gazette and officially released yesterday.

Under Section 3 of the new constitution, it says that in case that the King is out of the kingdom, or in case that he is unable to execute his duties, the king is not obliged to appoint or not to appoint a regent to act on his behalf.

Royal appointment of the regent will be countersigned by the president of the National Legislative Assembly, the Royal Gazette said.

According to Khaosod, The National Legislative Assembly last Friday unanimously approved the interim 2014 interim charter to allow rewriting of the new constitution already passed by assembly but pending royal endorsement.

Earlier last Tuesday Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said His Majesty the King wanted some sections involving his authority to be rewritten.

The authority engages appointment of a regent and process for the royal endorsement of the charter.

Under the new constitution, Article 39 of the interim constitution was amended to allow ex post facto changes to the post-referendum charter as per King’s request.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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