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His Majesty the King has endorsed the provisional constitution, paving the way for the establishment of a national legislative assembly (NLA), an interim government and a national reform council.

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Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), receives the endorsement of His Majesty the King during a royal audience Tuesday evening. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Household Bureau)

Note: The NCPO has scheduled a press conference for 10am on the interim charter. It is expected to deal with the more controversial sections of the charter, such as those dealing with special powers and the amnesty granted to coup members.

King backs interim charter

NCPO handed special 'crisis' control powers


His Majesty the King has endorsed the provisional constitution, paving the way for the establishment of a national legislative assembly (NLA), an interim government and a national reform council.

The promulgation of the 48-section interim charter was officially declared in the Royal Gazette Tuesday.

The new interim charter includes a special stipulation which allows for amendments giving the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) special powers to deal with “uncontrollable situations”.

Under the charter, an interim cabinet of no more than 35 members will be established.

The final section of the interim charter — Section 48 — grants amnesty to NCPO members and anyone acting on its orders following the May 22 coup that seized power from the Yingluck Shinawatra government.

The provisional constitution also states that a 36-member constitution drafting committee will pen a new permanent charter.

The chairman of the drafting panel will be nominated by the NCPO.

The national reform council will nominate 20 members, while the NLA, the interim cabinet and the NCPO will each nominate five.

His Majesty the King granted an audience to NCPO leader and army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha at Klai Kangwon Palace in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district at 5pm Tuesday.

The monarch presented the interim charter, which he had signed, to Gen Prayuth.

The military junta chief said last month that a national legislative body would be formed a month or so after the country had an interim charter, while an interim administration will be created by September. The reform council could be established by October, he added.

Gen Prayuth has not said whether he will take up the post of prime minister in the interim government. He is due to retire as army chief at the end of September.

Under the charter, the president of the NLA, which will be formed after the promulgation of the charter, is authorised to nominate the new interim prime minister for royal endorsement. The King would then appoint a premier chosen by the NLA.

The interim charter stipulates that the NLA will be made up of no more than 220 members while the national reform council will comprise no more than 250 members.

The reform council will be tasked with overhauling national administration, the legal and judicial system, local administrations, education, the economy, energy, public health, the environment and the mass media.

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administration : the government of a country - รัฐบาล

amendment : a change made to a law or agreement, in this case, to the constitution - การแก้ไขกฎหมาย ในที่นี้หมายถึงการแก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญ

amnesty (noun): a situation in which a government agrees not to punish, or to no longer punish, people who have committed a particular crime - การนิรโทษกรรม

appoint : to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility - แต่งตั้ง,ตั้งให้เป็น

assembly : a group of people who have been elected or chosen in order to discuss issues and make decisions - สภา, สมัชชา

audience : a formal meeting that you have with an important person, expecially royalty - การเข้าเฝ้า

authorise : to give official permission for something, or to give someone official permission to do something - ให้อำนาจ, มอบอำนาจ, ให้สิทธิ

cabinet : the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี

chairman : the person in charge of a committee, a company, etc - ประธาน

charter : a constitution - รัฐธรรมนูญ

chief : a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ

comprise : to consist or be made up of two or more things - ประกอบด้วย

constitution : the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ

controversial : causing disagreement or disapproval - ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง

council : a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money - สภา, คณะกรรมการ

coup : the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร

courtesy : provided free by a person or an organisation -

crisis : a situation that has reached and extremely difficult or dangerous point - ช่วงวิกฤต

deal with : to be about a subject - เกี่ยวกับ

declare : to announce officially - ประกาศ

draft : to write a document, plan, etc. that may be changed before it is finally accepted - ร่าง

due to : scheduled to - มีกำหนด

endorse (verb): to support; to approve - รับรอง, เห็นชอบ

endorsement : official approval - การรับรอง การลงนามในเอกสาร

environment : a place, including all the physical conditions that affect it - สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม

establishment : the process of starting or creating something - การสถาปนา, การก่อตั้ง, การจัดตั้ง

form : to start to exist and develop; to make something start to exist and develop - พัฒนาขึ้น, สร้างขึ้น

grant : to officially give something - ให้

interim : temporary and intended to be used or accepted until something permanent exists - ชั่วคราว

judicial system : a country’s court system - ระบบศาลยุติธรรม

junta : a group of military officers that governs a country, usually without having been elected - รัฐบาลทหาร

legal : relating to the law - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย

legislative : involving the part of government responsible for creating new laws - เกี่ยวข้องกับสภานิติบัญญัติ

local : in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

mass media : media that reaches large numbers of people such as TV or newspaper or on the web -

monarch : a king or queen - กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี

National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) (noun): The military-installed group ruling Thailand following the 2014 coup d'état - คณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ

nominate (verb): to formally propose someone for a job, an award, etc. - เสนอชื่อ

overhaul : to revamp; to improve something so that every part of it works properly - ปรับปรุงใหม่

panel : a group of people who make decisions or judgments - คณะกรรมการ

pave the way for (verb): to create a situation in which something can happen - ปูทาง

pen (verb): to write something, especially a song or a book - เขียนด้วยปากกา,แต่งหนังสือ,แต่งเพลง

permanent : happening or existing for a long time or for all time in the future - ถาวร  

post : a job/position in a company or organisation - ตำแหน่งการงาน

present (verb): to give something to somebody, especially formally at a ceremony - ให้, มอบ

press conference : an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว

promulgation (noun): the official announcement of a new law or system - การประกาศใช้

provisional : for the present time but likely to change; temporary - ชั่วคราว,เฉพาะกาล

reform : a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป

retire : to stop working because you have reached the age where you are officially too old to work - เกษียณอายุ

royal gazette : a royal publication begun in 1858 by King Mongkut (Rama IV) as the official way of announcing news laws, decrees, ministerial proclamations, etc. - ราชกิจจานุเบกษา

Royal Household Bureau : an agency of the Monarchy of Thailand, responsible for the upkeep of the royal palaces, royal ceremonies, public relations and the management of the royal finances - สำนักพระราชวัง

schedule : to arrange for something to happen at a particular time - ทำตารางเวลา, ทำกำหนดการ, กำหนดรายการ

section : any of the parts into which something is divided - ส่วน

seize (verb): to take control of by force or official power - ยึกครอง

situation : all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์

stipulate : to state exactly how something must be or must be done - ระบุ, ระบุเงื่อนไข

stipulation (noun): a clear statement that something must be done, or how it must be done - การกำหนดเงื่อนไข

task with : to give somebody a task (job) to do - มอบภารกิจให้


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