Charter amendment on King and regent takes effect

Charter amendment on King and regent takes effect

The National Legislative Assembly meets last Friday and passes the amendment of the interim constitution in three straight readings concerning the appointment of a regent and the revision of the draft new constitution. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)
The National Legislative Assembly meets last Friday and passes the amendment of the interim constitution in three straight readings concerning the appointment of a regent and the revision of the draft new constitution. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

The amended interim charter took effect on Monday, empowering His Majesty the King to decide whether he will appoint a regent or not when he is not in the kingdom or cannot perform his duties.

His Majesty the King endorsed the amendment on Sunday.

Previously, the president of the Privy Council automatically took the role of regent pro-tempore if the monarch was not available. The power to name a regent now rests exclusively with the monarch.

The amendment also allows the prime minister to request the return of the draft new constitution from His Majesty the King for amendment in accordance with the King's observation.

The amendment of the draft new constitution will be completed within 30 days of the document being sent back to the prime minister.

If the King disagrees with the draft charter or its amended version, or if  it is not royally endorsed within 90 days after the subsequent submission, the constitution will be considered as being dropped.



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