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The Pheu Thai Party firmly rejected the Constitution Court's ruling on the charter amendment draft seeking to have a fully elected Senate and announced it will seek the impeachment of the court judges. 

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Pheu Thai Party leader Charupong Ruangsuwan reads out a party statement rejecting the Constitution Court’s ruling yesterday. The court dismissed the government’s draft charter amendment on the make-up of the Senate. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

Pheu Thai rejects ruling

Party seeks rewrite of charter, targets judges

Aekarach Sattaburuth

The Pheu Thai Party mounted a strong challenge to the Constitution Court yesterday by rejecting its Wednesday ruling on the charter amendment draft seeking to have a fully elected Senate.

It also announced it will seek the impeachment of the court judges and file complaints against them for alleged malfeasance in office and for committing lese majeste in rejecting the amendment draft while it is pending royal approval.

The party vowed to push through another amendment draft in a bid to rewrite the whole charter. The draft was shot down by the court last year.

The decisions were announced by Pheu Thai leader Charupong Ruangsuwan in a show of defiance against the court's authority.

Mr Charupong said Pheu Thai will not accept the court's ruling and would convince coalition parties and senators to back the impeachment and criminal prosecution of the five Constitution Court judges who rejected the amendment draft.

The draft would have empowered voters to elect all senators. The court saw it as an attempt by politicians to control the Lower and Upper houses.

Mr Charupong said the court violated the constitution by accepting complaints against the charter amendment for consideration. He said Section 291 of the constitution empowered parliament to change the charter, saying this was affirmed by the court's ruling last year that parliament had the power to amend the charter section by section.

Mr Charupong said the court also clearly interfered with the legislature' s power when it ruled that MPs had violated parliamentary regulations in casting their votes on the draft on behalf of others.

He said it was parliament's job to rule whether any of the MPs had violated its regulations in doing so.

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Vocabulary:

affirm: to say or show that something is true - ยืนยัน, รับรอง

alleged: claimed to be true, even though this has not yet been proved - ที่กล่าวหา

amendment: a change made to a law or agreement, in this case, to the constitution - การแก้ไขกฎหมาย ในที่นี้หมายถึงการแก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญ

approval: official permission - การอนุมัต

authority: power - อำนาจ

back: to support - สนับสนุน

bid: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม 

cast a vote: to vote - ลงคะแนน

challenge: an invitation or a suggestion to somebody that they should enter a competition, fight, etc - การท้าทาย

charter: a constitution - รัฐธรรมนูญ

coalition party: one of the political parties making up the government - พรรคร่วมรัฐบาล

commit: to do something wrong or illegal - ทำความผิด

consideration: giving careful thought to something before making a decision - การคิดพิจารณา

Constitution Court: the court that decides whether or not laws follow the constitution - ศาลรัฐธรรมนูญ

convince: to make somebody/yourself believe that something is true; to persuade somebody to do something - ทำให้เชื่อ, ทำให้แน่ใจ, ชักจูง

defiance: the refusal to obey - การขัดขืน

dismiss: to decide that something should not continue or proceed - ยกเลิก

draft: not in a final form and likely to be changed - ร่าง

empower: to give someone the legal power to do something - ทำให้มีอำนาจ

file a complaint: to make an official statement that someone has done something wrong - ยื่นคำร้อง

impeachment: the process of formally accusing a public official of a serious crime relating to their job - การกล่าวโทษเจ้าหน้าที่รัฐว่าทำผิดศีลธรรมหรือจรรยาบรรณ

interfere: to deliberately become involved in a situation and try to influence the way that it develops, although you have no right to do this - แทรกแซง

legislature: the part of government that makes and changes laws - สภานิติบัญญติ

lese majeste: the crime of offending, threatening or showing disrespect for a member of the royal family - หมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ

make-up: the different things, people, etc. that combine to form something; the way in which they combine; composition - ลักษณะ, การจัดวางองค์ประกอบ

malfeasance: illegal actions, especially by a person in authority - การใช้อำนาจไปในทางที่ผิด

mount: to organise and begin - เริ่มปฏิบัติการ

office: a position in a large and powerful organization, especially a government - ตำแหน่ง, ,ภาระหน้าที่

on behalf of: as a representative of - ในนามของ ในฐานะของ

pending: waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed - ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง

prosecution: the process of accusing someone of a crime and asking a court of law to judge them - การดำเนินคดีตามกฎหมาย

regulation: an official rule that controls the way that things are done - กฎระเบียบ

reject: to not accept something - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ

rule (of a court): to make a decision - พิพากษา, ชี้ขาด

ruling : a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด

section: any of the parts into which something is divided, such as a law, constitution or contract - ส่วน, มาตรา

Senate: one of the two groups of politicians who make laws in some countries, for example in the US, Australia, Canada and Thailand - วุฒิสภา

target: to direct something at someone or something - ตั้งเป้าหมาย

violate: to do something that is against the law - ละเมิดกฏหมาย

vow: to make a formal and serious promise to do something - สาบาน, ปฏิญาณ

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