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Parliament votes to delay charter amendment process

Sep 25. 2020
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By The Nation

Senators could afford a sigh of relief on Thursday after Parliament voted to delay a decision on six motions for charter change.

Instead, a committee was set up to study the motions for Constitution amendments ahead of a vote on the motions in one month’s time.

Opposition Pheu Thai and Move Forward MPs walked out in protest after MPs and senators voted 431 to 255 to postpone the amendment vote and then 432-255 to set up the committee.

To pass, a motion needs the votes of at least 84 senators.

The committee set up to examine the proposed amendments will consist of 45 members – 15 senators and 30 MPs from the opposition and ruling coalition parties. Pheu Thai and Move Forward refused to nominate members from their parties. A rally of about 1,000 protesters gathered outside Parliament to press for charter change.

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