Connect with us

Politics

Deputy PM backs protesters’ demand for constitutional reform

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Tasty Thailand

Deputy PM and Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is backing the key demand of student protesters to rewrite Thailand’s Constitution. Responding to activists’ calls for the dissolution of Parliament, the leader of the Bhumjaithai Party said yesterday such a move would be pointless without prior constitutional amendment.

Speaking at the party’s annual meeting, Anutin, leader of second-largest partner in the current coalition government (with 61 elected MPs), says the party is willing to listen to the voices of civil society.

The latest Thai constitution was voted for in 2017 and enshrined into law. An unofficial English translation can be found HERE.

“It is ready to amend the charter, but it “must be done under a political framework.”

“The party is ready for constitutional amendments, but it should be done under the law. A constitutional amendment assembly should be set up to draft a new one, together with a referendum procedure to approve it.”

“The dissolution of parliament would be the next step as part of a process under the democratic system. I disagree with an immediate dissolution without an amendment first because there would be no change to the result.”

Anutin says he realises his party must listen carefully to calls from civil society so violence can be prevented and the government can make the right decisions. He warned, though, that any protest movement should take into account the need for precautions against the spread of Covid-19, such as sanitary practices, washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing.

As the Covid-19 situation has improved – there have been no cases of domestic transmission for just over 2 months – political rallies have begun in many places around the country, mainly led by students. They are calling for the dissolution of Parliament, for the government to respect civil rights and for a new Constitution.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Central Thailand2 hours ago

Thai woman murders her abusive boyfriend in front of a monk

North East2 hours ago

UPDATE: Sexy Thai model fined 5,000 baht for dancing topless in club

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Poll says 64% Thais had enough with PM Prayut

Sponsored9 hours ago

Super luxury villas in Phuket with breathtaking ocean views

North East2 hours ago

10 year old killed & 5 injured after pickup hits motorbike sidecar

Crime3 hours ago

Court releases Mountain B owner on bail for 300k baht following fire in eastern Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Thailand has 5 BA.2.75 antibody-resistant Covid-19 sub-variant

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Tourism3 hours ago

UK student conquers mountain in Thailand blindfolded

Home Services3 hours ago

Top 5 reasons to get a maid service in Thailand

Cambodia4 hours ago

Nigerian monkeypox case who fled Thailand is banned from Cambodia for 3 years

Thailand4 hours ago

Red Shirts lead rally against Thailand PM on August 23

Bangkok5 hours ago

Emirates is recruiting cabin crew in Thailand

Thailand5 hours ago

Netizens slam cannabis firm for encouraging underage users

Transport5 hours ago

Drunk driver in 2 hit-and-runs drags motorbike taxi 300 metres

Guides5 hours ago

Al fresco dining: where to dine outdoors in Bangkok

Ask an Agent6 hours ago

If your real estate agent does these things – Run!

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending