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Pattaya Daily News

13 August 2007 :: 16:08:57 pm 29461

PM, Public Symbolicly March Kingdom to Democracy

BANGKOK, Aug 13 - With only six days left until Thailand‘s voters go to the polls on Sunday August 19, to decide whether to accept or reject by referendum a proposed draft constitution, Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, with cabinet ministers, students and crowds of the people voters and non-voters alike marched from the Royal Plaza to the Democracy Monument and encouraged eligible voters to exercise their rights.
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Dressed in yellow shirts marking the traditional colour for Monday — the day of the week His Majesty the King was born, the interim prime minister was seen to be in good spirits and smiling throughout the event.

Thailand will hold its first referendum on the draft charter which was passed by the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) on July 6.

A recent opinion poll found most people, particularly in the southern region, are likely to vote in favour of the draft charter in this month’s referendum. About 77 per cent of respondents would accept the charter while 22 per cent would accept it.

The prime minister and Council for National Security (CNS) chairman Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin earlier called on Thai people to participate in the public referendum, saying that the referendum is the first step towards restoring democracy, with general elections planned later this year.

The CNS, which ousted elected prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra last September, have said that one of the kingdom’s previous constitutions would be used if the electorate rejects the draft charter.

Since the 1932 coup d’etat which brought down absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy, Thailand has passed through numerous constitutions and military and civilian government.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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