Premier seeks bill's return from King

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has sought royal permission from His Majesty the King for the return of the controversial charter amendment bill on the make-up of the Senate.

She has also sought a royal pardon for any act that may have offended the King, a government spokesman said last night.

Teerat Ratanasevi said Ms Yingluck had submitted the petition to the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary on Dec 2 but he had just told the media about it because he had only been informed of the move yesterday.

The petition was submitted after the Secretariat of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the cabinet secretariat asking it to return the legislation following a Nov 20 Constitution Court ruling that the charter amendment changing the Senate makeup, backed by 312 MPs and senators, violates the constitution, Mr Teerat said.

Ms Yingluck sought the royal permission before the court sent its ruling to the cabinet secretariat.