Court offers 'advice' only
- Published: 13 Jul 2012 at 21.32
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The government can continue with third reading of its charter change bill and ignore the Constitution Court's call for a public referendum if it wants to draft a new constitution. However, it would have to accept the consequences, the court's head spokesman said on Friday.
Pimin Thammapitakwong said the court voted 8-0 that the charter amendment was within the scope of parliament’s authority, and that there was no evidence to prove any alleged intention to topple the constitutional monarchy.
However, the court did not "order" that a referendum must be held if the government wanted to write an entirely new constitution, as some commentators had concluded when the ruling was first announced on Friday afternoon.
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