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23 January 2010 :: 09:01:46 am 9947

Yellow Shirts to Protest Against Constitution Amendment

Thailand's anti-Thaksin movement People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), the Yellow Shirts, on Friday threatened to protest against any move to amend the country's constitution.
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Bangkok, the 22nd of January 2010 [TNA]: Key PAD leaders Chamlong Srimuang, Somsak Kosaisuk, Pipob Thongchai, Somkiat Pongpaiboon and Suriyasai Katasila issued a statement regarding the group’s stance against the charter amendment. The PAD’s reaction came after leaders of coalition parties met early this week to discuss amending seven articles of the constitution on the election system and the signing of international treaties which requires approval of Parliament.

The PAD statement said that the group was concerned that the move is meant to benefit some politicians and there might be some revision regarding the structure of the Thai monarchy paving way to the establishment of the “New Thai State.” Mr Chamlong said the PAD condemned the move to amend the Constitution and asserted that his movement will oppose such a move.

The PAD leader also called on 14 million Thais who voted in the referendum approving the current constitution to express their stance and pressure members of parliament in their constituencies. Mr Chamlong also announced that the Yellow Shirts are ready to demonstrate against amending the constitution any time.

Following claims by coalition party leaders that constitutional amendments will reduce conflict between the red-clad pro-Thaksin supporters and the Yellow Shirts, Mr Chamlong said that the current conflict is caused by politicians and they should change their behaviour first.“

If other coalition leaders are not happy with the Democrat (which opposed the charter amendment) and withdraw from the government, I suggest that the Democrat should stay on as a minority government rather than dissolve the House, Mr Chamlong said.

PAD leader Somkiat said the issue of constitution amendment is likely to cause chaos inside and outside parliament, urging the government to prepare to handle the situation. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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