Thailand took a step closer to full democracy on Saturday (5 October) when the National Legislative Assembly approved a constitution providing for government through an elected House of Representatives.
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Background: Thailand took a step closer to full democracy on Saturday (5 October) when the National Legislative Assembly approved a constitution providing for government through an elected House of Representatives.
Just nine days away from the 14 October anniversary of the rioting which toppled the military Government last year, the Assembly voted by 280 to 6 to pass the final version of a draft constitution.
As members cheered inside the new Assembly building in Bangkok, there were no signs of any trouble outside. People listened to loudspeakers as each member, chosen from 2,346 leading citizens by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, voice his verdict.
The caretaker Administration of Prime Minister Sanya Dharmasakti said amendments to the draft constitution should only be made after a fully-representative government is formed following General Elections scheduled for 1 February, 1975.
SYNOPSIS: Assembly Speaker Kukrit Pramoj -- who has made no secret of his aim to be the next Prime Minister. He said that he would seek and audience with the king to arrange promulgation of the constitution. Mr. Kukrit also said that the felt demands from students for lowering the voting age were justified.