Key aspects of Thai draft Constitution

Thai students hold signs displaying messages calling on Thais to vote during a campaign held to promote the referendum on a new constitution at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand on Aug 4, 2016.
Thai students hold signs displaying messages calling on Thais to vote during a campaign held to promote the referendum on a new constitution at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand on Aug 4, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

•Thailand's ruling junta, the National Council for Peace and Order, will select almost all of the 250 senators.

•Six seats in the Upper House will be reserved for the permanent secretary of defence, the supreme commander-in-chief of the military, the army chief, the navy chief, the air force chief, as well as the police chief.

•The prime minister need not be an elected member of the Lower House.

•The future elected government has to abide by a "national strategy plan", failing which it will be liable for impeachment.

•In case of a political deadlock, the president of the Constitutional Court shall convene a meeting with the president of the Lower House, the opposition leader in the Lower House, the president of the Senate, the prime minister, and presidents of various courts and constitutional organisations. Their decision will be final and binding.

•Corrupt politicians will be banned for life.

Tan Hui Yee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2016, with the headline 'Key aspects of Thai draft Constitution'. Print Edition | Subscribe