Tag Archives: draft 2016 constitution

Secrets, constitution and election

Not that long ago, PPT posted on the secret amendments to the draft constitution. Despite the sham “referendum” on the “constitution,” the king demanded changes that, according to The Dictator’s account, give the king more power and flexibility. Those amendments were crafted, in secret, by a puppet committee. Then the military junta declared that these […]

Still getting the monarchy wrong

Ralph Jennings, a Contributor at Forbes, says he “cover[s] under-reported stories from Taiwan and Asia” but seems to specialize on China and Taiwan. Thus, venturing into things royal and Thailand is thus a stretch and a test of knowledge. He’s right to observe that the monarchy in Thailand has “massive influence.” But the picture he […]

Secret constitution amendments

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. […]

Scary king

In a new article at The Conversation, Eugénie Mérieau of Sciences Po has an assessment of King Vajiralongkorn and the constitution (the space is open to choose the military’s interim one or the draft, passed in a “referendum” but being amended military one). Readers will find it of interest. We don’t agree with all of it. […]

Charter changes are secret

The Bangkok Post reports that the draft constitution has been returned to National Legislative Assembly and the Constitution Drafting Committee for changes demanded by the palace. The amendments demanded by the king are to be written into the charter “by a special 11-member committee in line with observations from the Office of His Majesty’s Principal […]

Military-led “reconciliation”

A few days ago, the Bangkok Post reported: on the junta’s plan and bureaucracy for military-led “reconciliation.” It is seemingly a part of the broader 20 year plan that the junta has for the on-going domination of Thailand’s politics it now seems to label as “rounded democratisation.” We imagine that a “rounded democracy” is something […]

More power to the king

Reuters recently had a story about unconstitutional constitutional amendment made “constitutional.” Oddly, the report makes the claim that the amendments demanded by King Vajiralongkorn were “requested.” Even more oddly, the authors of the report mistakenly believe that the draft constitution is “military-backed.” In truth, it is the military’s constitution. While it is true that this […]