Thai court conditionally approves constitutional ammendment bids


BANGKOK, March 12 (Xinhua): Thailand's Constitutional Court has officially endorsed constitutional ammendment bids launched by Members of Parliament on condition that public referendums be held twice.

The court delivered the judgment that the legislators in both the House of Representatives and Senate have the authority and duty to amend the constitution.

However, the court called for a nationwide referendum to see if most people will endorse varied motions toward the constitutional amendment in the first place and then to see if most people will finally approve an amended charter.

Given the first public referendum in favor of the amendment, a Constitution Drafting Committee, consisting of legislators and others, will be set up for the initial tasks of amending the charter.

Then, the second public referendum will be conducted to either endorse or reject the amended charter.

The Palang Pracharath Party-led coalition government and Pheu Thai Party-led opposition bloc have separately put forward motions to amend the 2017 constitution to the extent that the charter be "more democratic and less complicated."

Meanwhile, a royal decree was issued on Wednesday for the opening of extraordinary parliamentary sessions beginning on March 17 so that the constitutional amendment issue will be deliberated. - Xinhua
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