Thai parties to scrap Junta Charter after elections

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Representatives from three political parties have put forward their plan to amend the current junta-sponsored 2017 constitution after the general election is held, the Bangkok Post reported this morning.

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Chaturon Chaisang, a senior member of the Pheu Thai Party, Thursday agreed at a forum that changing the whole charter is a top priority for their parties after the poll, according to the paper.

“The whole 2017 constitution should be scrapped as it is undemocratic and passed by a referendum that lacked transparency,” Mr Chaturon was quoted as saying.

Mr Chaturon said the national strategy will impose additional burdens on future governments as they will be required to comply with the new law.

“If politicians in the future governments do not follow the junta’s 20-year national strategy, they could be sacked from their positions or even end up in jail, which is unfair,” he said, the Bangkok Post reported.

Mr Thanathorn said the only way to successfully amend the charter is to raise awareness and gain people’s acceptance to change it.

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