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Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont has decided to delay the third reading of the charter amendment bill in a move to avoid a stand-off with the Constitution Court.

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Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont is taking both advice and criticism from all sides as he holds the power to rush or delay the controversial bills now before parliament. APICHART JINAKUL

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Charter bill deadlocked

Somsak delays reading to avoid court stand-off


Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont has decided to delay the third reading of the charter amendment bill in a move to avoid a stand-off with the Constitution Court.

Mr Somsak said yesterday that Friday's joint House-Senate meeting will take place as planned, but lawmakers will not consider or vote on the bill in its third reading.

Mr Somsak said the meeting will only debate proposed frameworks for negotiations with foreign countries under Section 190 of the constitution.

He made the statement after consulting parliament's legal advisers yesterday. He said he would also call a special House meeting on June 13-14 but deliberations of the four reconciliation bills would be off the agenda.

Mr Somsak said he was now facing a dilemma.

He could risk breaching the court's order for parliament to delay voting on the charter amendment bill if he allowed the third reading of the bill to go ahead.

But if the bill fails to pass its third reading soon enough, this could violate Section 291 of the constitution that says the vote on the bill in the third reading must be taken within 15 days, Mr Somsak said.

Transport Minister and Pheu Thai secretary-general Jarupong Ruangsuwan yesterday read a party statement insisting parliament was not bound to follow the court order.

He said Pheu Thai had concluded the court had no legal authority to order parliament to halt voting on the bill and must not overreach its powers by accepting petitions against the bill.

Mr Jarupong cited Section 68 of the constitution that says petitions must be submitted to the attorney-general, who investigates and passes the petitions to the court. He said parliament is a legislative branch among the three separate branches of government and parliament is independent of the scrutiny of the judicial branch.

But former Senate speaker Meechai Ruchupan said parliament is required to obey the Constitution Court's order suspending the vote on the bill.

Mr Meechai cited the fifth paragraph of Section 216 of the charter that states the decision of the Constitution Court shall be deemed final and binding on parliament, cabinet ministers, courts and other state organisations.

Constitution Court spokesman Somrit Chaiwong said judges are preparing to explain the injunction halting the third reading.

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advice – an opinion or a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation  คำแนะนำ
criticism – comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad การวิจารณ์
rush – to move or do something very quickly รีบเร่ง, วิ่ง
delay – to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected เลื่อน
controversial – causing disagreement ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง
bill – a proposal for a law ร่างกฎหมาย
charter – a constitution รัฐธรรมนูญ
deadlock – a situation in which neither person or group involved in a disagreement is willing to change their opinions or positions หมดหนทาง ไม่มีทางแก้
avoid – to try to prevent something from happening หลีกเลี่ยง
stand-off – deadlock หมดหนทาง
amendment – a change made to a law or agreement, in this case, to the constitution การแก้ไขกฎหมาย ในที่นี้หมายถึงการแก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญ
joint meeting (session) – a meeting of both Houses of Parliament, i.e., the House of Representatives and the Senate การประชุมร่วมกันของสมาชิกจากสองสภา
proposed – suggested as an idea for a group to consider ถูกเสนอ
framework – a system of rules, ideas or beliefs that is used to plan or decide something ขอบข่ายงาน, โครงร่าง
negotiations – formal discussion in which people or groups try to reach an agreement การเจรจาต่อรอง
statement – something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
consult – to ask for information or advice from someone หารือ
legal – relating to the law เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
deliberation – considering or discussing something การปรึกษาหารือ
reconciliation – the process of creating a new and friendly relationship again with someone you argued with or fought with การปรองดอง
agenda – a list of things that people will discuss at a meeting  ระเบียบวาระ
dilemma – a situation which makes problems, often one in which you have to make a very difficult choice between things of equal importance สภาวะหนีเสือปะจรเข้,สภาวะที่กลืนไม่เข้าคายไม่ออก,สถานการณ์ที่ลำบาก
risk – to cause someone or something to be in a dangerous or difficult situation เสี่ยงอันตราย
breach – to fail to follow a law or rule ละเมิดกฎข้อบังคับ
violate – to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
bound – forced to do something by law, duty or a particular situation จำต้อง, มีภาระหน้าที่
conclude – to decide that something is true after looking at all the evidence you have สรุป
authority – power อำนาจ
halt – to stop หยุด
overreach – to fail by trying to achieve more than is possible  ล้มเหลว (เพราะทำในสิ่งที่เกินความสามารถ)
petition – an official document in which you ask a court to take legal action คำร้องต่อศาล
cited – mentioned as an example, explanation or proof of something else อ้าง, กล่าวอ้าง
submit – to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
Attorney-General – the top legal officer in some countries, who advises the leader of the government อัยการสูงสุด
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
legislative branch – the part of government responsible for creating new laws สภานิติบัญญัติ
independent – not connected with or influenced by something; not connected with each other  ซึ่งเป็นอิสระ, ไม่ขึ้นกับใคร
judicial branch – the part of a country's government which is responsible for its legal system and which consists of all the judges in the country's courts of law คณะตุลาการ, คณะผู้พิพากษา
senate speaker – the Senate president; the person who is in charge of political debates in the Senate ประธานวุฒิสภา
obey – to do what you are told or expected to do เชื่อฟัง, ทำตามคำสั่ง
suspend – to stop for a period of time ยกเลิกชั่วคราว, ระงับชั่วคราว
deem – to consider เห็นว่า ถือว่า
binding – required by law
cabinet minister – a member of the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy รัฐมนตรี
state – government รัฐบาล
injunction – an order form a court that prevents someone from doing something  คำสั่งคุ้มครองชั่วคราว, คำสั่งห้าม


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