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Court insists it can handle anti-charter rewrite petition

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The Constitution Court has insisted it has the authority to consider a petition against the rewrite of the charter's Section 68 after being accused of interfering with the legislative power. 

Constitution Court spokesman Pimol Thampitakpong yesterday said the court would proceed with the request of Senator Somchai Sawaengkarn, who asked the court earlier this month to rule on the legality of the move by MPs and senators to amend Section 68 of the charter.

Section 68 allows people to complain directly with the court over acts deemed harmful to the constitutional monarchy. The amendment would require complaints to be first made with public prosecutors, an act viewed by Mr Somchai as depriving the public of their right to raise the issue with the court. The court accepted the case for consideration on April 3.

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