Two Drafts of Constitutional Amendments Pass in the First Reading

Two drafts of constitutional amendments, among seven drafts, passed in the first reading at the end of the two-day joint parliamentary session of MPs and senators on 18 November 2020.

 

The first draft, submitted by the Opposition, led by Pheu Thai Party, received 576 votes, while the second draft, proposed by the coalition government, received 647 votes. Five other drafts were rejected. Among them, four were submitted by the Opposition and one by iLaw, a non-governmental organization.

 

The draft constitutional amendments submitted by the Opposition seek to amend Section 256 of the Constitution to pave the way for the establishment of a Constitution Drafting Assembly, without amending Chapters 1 and 2. The Constitution Drafting Assembly comprises 200 members, all of whom will be elected. The charter amendments are set to be completed within 120 days.

 

The draft constitutional amendments that were submitted by the coalition government, seek to amend Section 256 of the Constitution to pave the way for the establishment of a Constitution Drafting Assembly, without amending Chapters 1 and 2. The Constitution Drafting Assembly comprises 200 members, 150 of whom will be elected and 50 appointed. The charter amendments are set to be completed within 240 days.

 

The parliamentary session on 18 November also established a 45-member committee to scrutinize constitutional amendments by using the draft proposed by the Government as the core.

 

Source: The Government Public Relations Department

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