Military council rejects Thailand’s new constitution
Sept.6, Bangkok: A council appointed by Thailand's military rulers has rejected a new constitution in a vote on Sunday, a result that pushes back the junta's timeframe for an election to April 2017 at the earliest while a new charter is written.
The constitution was rejected by 135 members of the National Reform Council (NRC) and approved by just 105. There were seven abstentions.
A new committee must now be appointed to write another draft, further setting back elections.
A new committee will have 180 days to write a new one, which will later be put to a nationwide referendum.
A statement said that the constitution would create more conflict and allow a dictatorial regime to continue to suppress people without checks and balances.
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