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26 November 2010 :: 10:11:47 am 46663

Yellow Shirts to end protest after Parliament votes on charter amendments

BANGKOK, Nov 25 - The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), Thailand's Yellow Shirt movement, will end their low-key protest Thursday after members of parliament and senators complete their voting on four constitutional amendment drafts, PAD leader Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang said on Thursday.
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The PAD activists will convene again Dec 11 to rally against the three reports of the recent meetings of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission (JBC).

The three-day protest at Parliament is a rehearsal for the PAD’s mass rally next month at Makawan Rangsan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Road, he added.

Gen Chamlong said he expected the voting would finish around 3pm and at that time the PAD leaders will discuss the results to plan their next move. No matter what the results will be, the PAD will end their protest outside Parliament because it will stage another mass rally on Dec 11.

The general, a former mayor of Bangkok and leader of an ascetic Buddhist sect, said that the planned PAD protest opposes the emergency decree put in place in Bangkok.

If the PAD is arrested, they will lose freedom for only a period of time, but they cannot let the country lose its territory, which is a significant matter.

Sondhi Limthongkul, another key PAD leader, said the variable in today’s parliamentary vote is the senators. If the opposition Puea Thai Party wants to force the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve the House, it has to convince senators not to vote for the proposed amendments. However, he believed that if the bills pass parliamentary vote, the prime minister is likely to dissolve the House in January.

Mr Sondhi said that the PAD on Friday would submit a letter to the prime minister to oppose the three documents emerging from the recent Thai-Cambodian border meetings.

After the two-day debate, MPs and senators on Thursday vote on four drafts, the first proposed in 2008 by the People’s Committee for Amending the 2007 Constitution led by the leader of the PAD rival United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship Weng Tojirakarn, similar to the now scrapped 1997 Constitution, and another proposed by 102 coalition party MPs led by the Bhumjaithai Party.

The last two drafts were sponsored by the government and focused on Article 190 requiring parliamentary approval for any treaty to be signed with other countries and Articles 93 and 98 on amending Thailand’s electoral system. (MCOT online news)

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