Dem court case against amnesty ready
- Published: 4 Nov 2013 at 16.11
- Online news:
Democrat chief whip Jurin Laksanavisit said on Monday the party had completed drafting a petition asking the Constitution Court to overrule the amended amnesty bill and would submit it as soon as the legislation is approved by the Senate.
He was speaking after a meeting of opposition whips.
The amended amnesty bill is expected to be tabled for debate by senators on Friday at the earliest, or Nov 11 at the latest, after it was passed by the House at 4.25am Friday without opposition after the Democrats walked out.
The whips meeting also passed a resolution opposing the amendment of the constitution's Section 190 which was approved in parliament shortly after noon Monday by a vote of 381-165. It also now goes to the Senate.
The amendment changes the current requirement that major international treaties and agreements must first be approved by parliament.
In its current version, Section 190 requires all deals involving issues of sovereignty must be ratified by parliament.
The amending bill gives the executive branch more power to make agreements, which could benefit certain groups or individuals while reducing the power of the legislature, Mr Jurin said.