An extraordinary committee for studies on amendment to Thailand’s constitution said on Friday that it will put forward the amendment bids.
Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, chairman of the government-installed committee, confirmed the panel has decided to endorse the sought-after amendment to the 2017 constitution through the passage of Section 256 of the charter and a brand-new constitution drafting committee, which is yet to be jointly set up by the legislative and executive branches.
Friday’s resolution of the Pirapan panel will be forwarded to the government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is yet to eventually decide either to approve or reject it.
Former House speaker Pokin Palakul, who acts as adviser to the panel, said that a constitution amendment bid would probably take a two-year time if the coalition government agreed to endorse it.
Under Section 256 of the constitution, an amendment bill will need endorsement from either the cabinet of ministers or a minimum of 100 MPs or a minimum of 150 MPs and senators combined or a minimum of 50,000 people to sign up a petition for it.
Then, a majority of MPs and one-third of senators will be needed to vote for a final reading of the constitution amendment bill.
Given such parliamentary passage for the bill, the prime minister will allow a 15-day interval before submitting it to the monarch for final approval.
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