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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 943

Thai King grants amnesty for coup makers while approving juntas’ interim constitution

Bangkok, 01 October, (Asiantribune.com) : The interim constitution drafted by the coup makers of Thailand has been approved by the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thai King also absolved the coup makers by granting amnesty for toppling Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s elected Government. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej absolved the coup makers by granting amnesty for toppling Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s  elected Government. (File Photo).Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej absolved the coup makers by granting amnesty for toppling Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s elected Government. (File Photo).

The royal command, which was announced on TV pool at 9:29 am in Bangkok states that the Council for Democratic Reform (CDR) staged the coup to annul the previous charter, which was full of loopholes, so that a new charter could be drafted so His Majesty approved the interim charter pending the drafting of a new one.

Under the interim 39-article charter, the CDR will be transformed into a new entity called the Council for National Security (CNS) and authorized to appoint a new prime minister, a new national legislature and to oversee national security.

Among the other things, the interim charter absolves the Council for Democratic Reform (CDR) for staging the coup.

Accordingly the amnesty is granted I Article 37, which states that the CDR and the military will not be legally accountable for the overthrow of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The amnesty covers "all actions committed to take over power and control on September 19 by the Council of Democratic Reform as well as other accomplices who have been assigned by the head of the CDR.

The interim charter stipulates that a national assembly representing all social sectors will select a constitution-drafting assembly to write a new constitution. The draft will be put up for public hearing within 45 days after it is completed.

The military Council said a new general election will be held in late 2007, but that it will only come when a new Constitution is in place.

CDR leader Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin Sunday morning forwarded the name of Gen Surayud Chulanont for a royal command for the appointment as the interim prime minister.

A ceremony for Surayud to receive the royal command will be held at Government House at 4:45 pm.

- Asian Tribune -

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