At the sitting of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) considered the Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim) B.E.2557 (2014) amended (No….) which was proposed by Cabinet and National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
However, this draft was amended the content in the section 3 by added this following paragraph to Section 2 of the interim constitution.
Such amendment stipulates that, “Whenever the King is not in the Kingdom or cannot carry out his tasks for whatever reason, the King can appoint someone as a regent or he will not appoint a regent. The President of the National Assembly shall countersign the Royal Command” , and the condition as stipulated in Section 18, 19 and 20 of the Constitution B.E. 2550 (2007) will not take effect.
For the Section 18, 19 and 20 of the Constitution B.E. 2550 (2007) has content as follows, “ In the case where the King does not appoint the Regent, the Privy Council shall submit the name of the person suitable to hold the office of the Regent to the National Assembly for approval. While there is no Regent, the President of the Privy Council shall be Regent pro tempore.”
Moreover, Section 4 of the Draft Constitution (Interim) B.E.2557 (2014) amended (No….) , National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and Cabinet also amended on the content, the Draft Referendum Constitution can be amended according to the King’s observation and including the other related point; in contrast to the past , this amendment can be made only following the observation point.
Mr. Wissanu Krea-gnam, Deputy Premier who explained during the deliberation of the National Legislative Assembly , revealed that government considered the suggestions from the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary together with NCPO also agreed to proceed at this time. If the constitution is promulgated and come into force, the amendment of such interim constitution shall be required by public referendum first and then it would have been a long-term obligation. But if the amendment was done at this time and re-submitted for royal endorsement, it would be legitimate practice and legally viable.
Another issue, this constitution once already passed a national referendum and whether it shall be lawful to request for a return of the constitution for revision. In the fact that, the process is being defined, if the King does not agree and return it. This point shall belong to the National Assembly for further proceeding.
At the sitting of the National Legislative Assembly already approved in the principle reading and also appointed a whole house committee and after that it was passed in three consecutive readings , with 228 unanimous voting in favor for the Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim) B.E.2557 (2014) amended (No….).