Readers will recall that the military junta’s “constitution” was sent to a process it described as a “referendum.”
Despite that exercise in (false) legitimacy, the junta then had to withdraw the draft constitution to make changes demanded by King Vajiralongkorn, said to increase his powers.
During the amendment process, the exact changes were kept secret.
The Bangkok Post reports that Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has declared that the secret “[a]mendments to the constitution … have been completed…”.
The “handwritten copy of the constitution, in the form of an accordion-style scroll by the Bureau of Royal Scribes and Royal Decorations of the Secretariat of the Cabinet, was also scheduled to be completed today.” Then it is sent to the king for another look at it.
The Dictator has not requested an audience with the king, so we can guess that the changes have been made to the “constitution” in a way that will please the king.
We think it is remarkable that the secret amendments will be announced by the palace rather than the junta. Wissanu stated: “The Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary would disclose the content of the amendments to the public…”.
That seem to us to be something quite novel, even for royalist Thailand.