CDC bows more to NCPO’s demand on fully-appointed Senate

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The Constitution Drafting Committee CDC) has agreed to fine-tune its final charter draft regarding the proposal of the National Council for Peace and Order by making the five military top brass and the national police chief as ex-officio senators.

Of the 200 appointed senators, 194 of them are to be handpicked by the NCPO out of 400 people chosen by a selection committee appointed by the NCPO. As for the remaining 50 senators, the Election Commission has been assigned to arrange for the election of 200 representatives nationwide. The list will be submitted to the NCPO to shortlist to 50 who will become senators.

On top of that, there will be an additional list of 50 senatorial reservists.

In the voting for the prime minister by members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the CDC agreed to change the charter draft to the effect that the person to become the prime minister must receive at least three-fifths of the votes of the Senate and the House instead of two-thirds.

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CDC spokesman Udom Rathamarit

CDC spokesman Udom Rathamarit said the committee decided to make changes to the votes from two-thirds to three-fifths because certain major parties still oppose an outsider to become prime minister.

He said that senator’s qualifications stipulated in the previous charters would be applied and ex-ministers can be appointed senators.

He explained that the CDC agreed to let the NCPO to handpick all the senators because they will be able to work in harmony and in sync with the junta.

The bill on national reforms must be completed within 120 days since the promulgation of the charter draft and during the five-year transitional period the Senate is authorized to follow up the implementation of reforms by the government and the government will be required to report the progress of reforms to the Senate every three months.