Thailand's military-appointed National Reform Council rejected the draft of the new constitution

Sep 7, 2015 15:15 IST

Thailand's Junta-appointed reform council on 6 September 2015 shot down a controversial new constitution drafted after 2014’s coup. This rejection could delay the return of democracy to the country by April 2017 at the earliest.

The 247-member National Reform Council rejected the draft charter by 135 votes to 105, with seven abstentions. The draft was rejected mainly due to a clause that enabled a 23-member panel to take over government during a national crisis.

As a result of the draft charter being voted down, the National Reform Council's term will end and a new 21-member constitution drafting committee will be set up. It will have 180 days to draft a new charter.

After the new drafting committee finishes its work, a new draft constitution will be put for a public referendum in four months. Until a new constitution can be drafted, the military government retains its substantial powers.

The military abolished previous constitution after it toppled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in May 2014 after months of political unrest, and since then the government is functioning under a temporary charter.

Since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932, Thailand has seen number of new constitutions. If the new constitution would have been passed, it would have become the 20th constitution of Thailand.

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