The sense of deja vu that pervades Thailand's political landscape in the lead-up to the Constitution Court's decision Friday on whether the lower house has violated the charter by trying to amend it harbours short- and longer-term implications.
Police stand ready at a reinforced Constitution Court, for the Friday the 13th verdict. (AFP Photo)
In the immediate term, the court can either back off to allow the legislation to run its course or opt for a jugular verdict that would unseat the national assembly and upend the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. A middling outcome would be to hedge against wholesale revision of the charter and to circumscribe amendments to certain articles and sections.
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