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Thai Senate Speaker suspended for supporting charter bill

Published on Mar 20, 2014 8:30 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai anti-corruption panel suspended the Senate Speaker on Thursday for supporting a failed legislative attempt by the party of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to make the upper house fully elected.

Nikom Wairatpanij now faces an impeachment vote and a possible political ban linked to the attempt to amend the constitution to reform the senate, Thailand's upper house.

He is one of hundreds of mostly pro-Yingluck politicians charged by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over the bill.

The legislation was deemed by the Constitutional Court in November to be unconstitutional.

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