Jatuporn calls ruling 'deceptive'
- Published: 13 Jul 2012 at 19.35
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Red-shirt co-leader Jatuporn Prompan has branded the Constitution Court’s call for a public referendum if the government wants to draft a new constitution as "lab luang prang" (secrets, lies and masquerade).
However, he said the red shirts could claim a unilateral victory in light of the court's dismissal of claims that the Pheu Thai government was trying to overthrow the current system of government.Mr Jatuporn said he saw Friday's ruling as "secretive and deceptive", likening it to an injection of anaesthetic that would delay parliament from going ahead with passage of the amendment bill on its third reading.This was because the 2007 charter’s organic law on conducting a referendum said the process must take at least 90-120 days, he said. The term "lab luang prang" has been used as the title of a popular non-fiction book series by the Bangkok Post’s military affairs reporter Wassana Nanuam.The red-shirt leader said he did not see any provision in the charter that prohibits writing a whole new constitution. He claimed the charter court judges had interfered with the government’s legislative authority given by the people when they ruled that the Constitution Court had the authority to accept the...
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