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Legality of Budget Bill challenged

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A total of 114 Democrat Party MPs and members of the Senate have asked the Constitution Court to rule on whether the 2014 Budget Bill violates Section 168 of the constitution. 

The lawmakers, led by senator Paiboon Nititawan and Democrat MP for Songkhla Wirat Kallayasiri, on Thursday submitted a petition to Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont through first deputy house speaker Charoen Chankomol, asking him to seek the Constitution Court's ruling on the legality of the bill.

The petition argues that Section 27 of the Budget Bill, concerning budget allocations for the Office of the Judiciary and Office of the Administrative Courts, and Section 28 relating to allocations for independent agencies including the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), might violate paragraph 8 and paragraph 9 of Section 168 of the constitution.

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