King of Thailand Calls for Amendment to Constitution
10 de enero de 2017, 17:53Bangkok, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) New king of Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn urged the military management today to amend clauses of the Constitution related to royal power, in a context of controversy over Vajiralongkorn''s unexpected involvement in the political field.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said, without specifying the clauses, that the changes will take up to three months to be implemented, while ruling out any damage to democracy as a result of the changes.
The request of a king to change the Constitution is unprecedented and this would be the first in the political history of Thailand, where the monarchy has a limited political role although it has, behind the scene, a significant influence.
The previous Constitution was abolished after the military board took power through a coup dÂ´etat in May 2014 against the elected Government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Although the current management has reiterated its commitment to a guideline to restore democracy, the date for the general election is rejected every year.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn recently came to the throne of Thailand after the death of his father, the much revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, occurred in October.
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