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Constitutional Court accepts PAD, Democrat’s petitions

Posted by Rattana_S On June - 13 - 2013

The Constitutional Court Thursday decided to proceed with judicial review of two more petitions against the controversial amendment to Article 68 of the charter.

The court voted 5 to 4 to review the petitions filed by Chamlong Srimuang and five other members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy and by Democrat Party MP Wirat Kalayasiri.

But the court refused to issue an injunction to suspend the on-going amendment to Article 68.

The Democrat MP and Chamlong were told to make 312 copies of their petitions to send to 312 MPs and senators, whom were complained against in the petitions.

The bill seeking to amend Article 68 has been passed in the first reading and is now being vetted by a special committee of the Senate and House.

In another case, the Constitutional Court Thursday delayed its deliberation on Pheu Thai MP’s petition for the court to consider the MP status of Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

A source from the court said constitutional court judges needed more time to consider written defence of Abhisit before deliberation the case in details.

The petition against Abhisit was signed by 134 Pheu Thai MPs who accused the Democrat leader of having lost his MP status after the defence minister issued an order to fire him retroactively as a lecturer of a military cadet school.

The MPs reasoned that the Constitution does not allow a person fired from government service to contest for a House seat.

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