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08 June 2012 :: 11:06:37 am 64183

Red Shirts waiting to open way for MPs

BANGKOK, June 8 - The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the red shirt movement, camped out near Parliament Thursday night, waiting to open the way for members of the upper and lower houses, both senators and MPs, to enter the building for today’s joint session.
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The red shirts occupied the area at the entrances to Parliament to prevent the rival yellow shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) movement from denying the lawmakers access to their chamber. Last Friday’s action by the yellow shirts forced House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont to cancel the reconciliation bills debate.

MPs and senators are scheduled to attend a joint sitting of the two houses.

The UDD rallying now at Parliament called upon the body to proceed with the third reading of the Constitution amendment bill. UDD leaders took turns at the platform microphones to attack the injunction ordered by the Constitution Court which delays any vote or reading of the bill.

Jatuporn Prompan, a key red shirt movement leader, demanded the resignations of the Constitution Court justices, saying the group will rally one million supporters from across the country to march to Bangkok to demand justice and democracy.

The vote on the third reading of the draft charter amendment cannot proceed because the Constitution Court agreed to study the legality of the amendment and issued an injunction to suspend the process until the court ruling, as it accepted five petitions filed by a group of senators and opposition Democrat MPs challenging the legality of the draft.

In related developments, the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) on Thursday said that the amendment was not aimed at overthrowing the political system, as alleged in the petitions filed separately by five groups from both houses.

OAG spokesperson Winai Damrongmongkolkul told a news conference after six-hour-meeting to consider the petition on the draft constitution amendment that the OAG decided that the amendment bill would not result in changes to the political system and it would not forward the petitions to the Constitution Court.

Mr Winai, who directs the agency’s Department of Special Litigation, said the OAG would not interfere with the other agency related to the petitions.

This could refer to the Constitution Court which has scheduled a hearing on the matter next month.

Report by : MCOT

Category : Politics News

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