Aug 11, 2014

Know more about the Thai Junta’s Interim Constitution

Dr. Puangthong Pawakapan writes about the Thai Junta’s Interim Constitution.

The latest ISEAS Perspective, written by Dr. Puangthong Pawakapan, discusses the Thai Junta’s Interim Constitution.​

The Thai Junta’s Interim Constitution: Towards an Anti-Electoral Democracy
By Puangthong Pawakapan*

She argued (from executive summary):

- Two months after the coup d’etat, the military junta in Thailand has promulgated an interim constitution that promises to bring reform and genuine democracy to Thai society. It also provides sweeping powers to the military leader General Prayuth Chan-Ocha.
- The interim constitution is generally perceived as being unfavourable towards politicians and electoral politics, and being biased towards rural- based voters.
- Negativity towards politicians, electoral politics and rural-based voters is widespread among the urban middle class and the mainstream media, the bulk of which are supporters of royalist anti-Thaksin movements.
- The objectives of the interim charter will almost certainly be carried into the new permanent constitution.
- The political system the military junta wishes to create will not only strengthen check-and-balance mechanisms on politicians, but also attempt to reduce the electoral power of majority voters. The principle of one-man-one-vote will be in question.
- Meanwhile mechanisms to curb rights and freedoms are likely to continue to ensure stability for the new authoritarian political system.


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