Pheu Thai party charges charter draft of intending to “bonsai” the party

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The Pheu Thai party has charged that the constitution draft crafted by Meechai Ruchupan’s Constitution Drafting Committee was designed to “bonsai” the party and to allow the military junta to stay on in power for a long period of time.

In a statement issued by the party to voice its opposition to this draft, the Pheu Thai party charged that the draft would put in place a four-step plan to blunt the party’s political advance.

The first step is to make sure that the Pheu Thai party will not win the majority in the parliament. The second step is that if the party manages to win the majority vote in the parliament, then the party will have a weak government to pave the way for an outsider to head the government. The next step is that the government can be ousted by the Constitutional Court with the need of a coup. And, finally, the country will be governed by a mechanism of the minority.

Pheu Thai acting secretary-general Chavalit Wichayasut said that the party could not trust any promise from the junta that it has no intention whatsoever to prolong its stay in power, citing a remark made by Dr Bovornsak Uwanno, the former CDC chairman, that the NCPO wants to stay on in power after the next election.

Mr Chaturon Chaisaeng, a core member of the Pheu Thai party, meanwhile, charged that the charter draft was crafted in a way to allow the junta to stay on up to 20 years, citing the junta’s proposal to the CDC to amend the draft to make sure that the constitution will be enforced for a certain period of time after which there is a break for the charter’s enforcement.