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24 May 2008 :: 09:05:09 am 28694

PM Presses Ahead With Referendum on Charter Rewrite

BANGKOK, May 23 Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej insisted Friday he will conduct a public referendum to see whether a clear majority of the public prefers to amend the 2007 Constitution, or not, and for that reason may issue an executive decree to legalise it.
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The premier said he had not been aware earlier that there is currently no law to endorse a referendum and therefore an executive decree may be issued via parliamentary channels.

Mr. Samak said he will consult with the Council of State Saturday about issuing an executive decree by his government.

The planned decree for a constitutional referendum might be tabled for cabinet approval on Tuesday, in which case executive decree may be forwarded to parliament during the planned extraordinary session, June 9 to 30, planned for debate on the Budget Bill.

The premier said he was by no means interfering in the legislative affairs of the House of Representatives, despite the recent lodging of a constitution amendment bid by government MPs and senators.

Besides, Mr Samak said, House Speaker Chai Chidchob may go ahead with the amendment process at parliament as the House speaker had apparently intended to raise a floor debate on it during the planned extraordinary House session.

The premier said he was not overconcerned over the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s planned a major rally against the bid to rewrite the constitution Sunday.

The premier commented that the majority of the eligible voters will decide for themselves whether or not the constitution should be amended.

He advised that those who might think otherwise should not raise any more confusion but accept the results of the referendum. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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