Royalist group warn of street protest if parliament continues with charter amendment

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The leader of the royalist group Thai Pakdee took to social media this week stating that street protests will take place if parliament continues charter amendment efforts.

Parliament is due to debate charter amendments this week with the aim of amending clauses in the constitution related to elections and the senate. (Read more here)

The constitution has been in the crosshair of anti-government, pro-democracy protests which have criticized clauses in the charter which allows for the appointing of an unelected senate and its ability to select the prime minister.

The Royalist group’s leader, Warong Dechgitvigrom, questioned in a Facebook post whether the charter amendment is to benefit a particular person.

He added that, “the amendment will allow MPs to interfere with the national budget and the government bureaucracy, and changes to the election system will created one dominant party in parliament”.

Warong said that the purposed changes to the electoral system will revert to a past system that allowed a certain brother-in-law and sister to become prime minister referring to Thaksin Shinawatra’s sister Yingluck and brother-in-law Somchai Wongsawat.

Warong said that the incumbent government is on board because they believe they can benefit from such a system and that it would allow Prawit Wongsuwan to become Prime Minister.

“I do not know what the result [of the amendment] will be, but do not forget that to get this constitution, 27 PDRC protesters died, along with 700 others wounded,” Warong said.

Warong threatened street protests if the government continued to fix the constitution and political instability arises.

He said if that is the case, the military would not be needed as the people would rise up and there would be no more parliament.  

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