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Thailand's interim charter disclosed

English.news.cn   2014-07-23 12:23:20

BANGKOK, July 23 (Xinhua) -- The Thai military junta, or the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), on Wednesday disclosed details of a royally-endorsed interim constitution which grants amnesty to coup makers and empowers the NCPO chief to give orders when deemed necessary.

The 48-section interim charter was endorsed by the king and then promulgated on Tuesday, granting amnesty to NCPO members who staged the May 22 coup to depose a civilian government and those who have acted on NCPO orders.

The charter also stipulates the establishment of a national legislative assembly (NLA), an interim cabinet, a national reform council, as well as a committee that will draft a permanent constitution.

It stipulates that the NLA, consisting of not more than 220 members, be set up to assume the responsibilities of the House of Representatives and Senate.

The NCPO will select resourceful and experienced figures from various sectors of the society to become NLA members, who will then be endorsed by the king. The members should age above 40 and serve no posts in any political parties for the past three years.

The NLA will nominate an interim prime minister, who will then be appointed by the king. The interim PM will select 35 cabinet members at most.

The provisional premier and cabinet members are required to age above 40 and join no political parties in the past three years.

According to the interim charter, which will remain in effect until a new permanent constitution is promulgated, a national reform council comprising not more than 250 seats will be set up to implement reforms in politics, economy, legal system and other fields.

Members of the reform council will be nominated by the NCPO and appointed by the king, who are required to age above 35 and serve no posts in any political parties in the past three years.

Meanwhile, a 36-member committee will take shape to draft the permanent constitution, with the chairman nominated by the NCPO and most members by the reform council.

The drafting of the permanent constitution is expected to be wrapped up in about half a year.

The provisional charter also empowers the NCPO chief to give orders or intervene when deemed necessary, and the orders and obeying the orders are both regarded as legal, according to the charter.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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