Military-backed Thai council rejects new constitution

Rejection of draft sets back plans for Thailand’s return to democracy, with the military retaining substantial powers.

Al Jazeera, September 6

Thailand’s military-appointed National Reform Council has rejected a new draft constitution, delaying a return to democracy following last year’s coup.

The authors of the draft in the National Reform Council had hoped the charter would move the country past almost a decade of political conflicts, but it met strong opposition from almost all sides of the country’s political divide.

One of the most contentious provisions included a 23-member panel, with military members, that would be empowered to take over from the parliament and prime minister in times of “national crisis”.

Almost all parties criticised the draft, and it risked being voted down in a referendum, further complicating a transition to electoral democracy.

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  • Thailand is a military dictatorship masquerading as a parliamentary democracy. The military stays behind the curtain until the politicians lean too far to the left or threaten the perks of the brass and the ruling class. They then step in to reclaim their right to rule. This has happened over and over again in the past 55+ years.

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