Thai post-coup interim constitution almost ready

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September 23, 2006 18:16

 
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An interim constitution to temporarily replace the 1997 one scrapped by Thailand's military when it seized power last Tuesday is expected to be ready very soon, a newspaper reported Saturday. Former Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm said the interim constitution was nearly finished and it could be presented to the ruling military council on Monday, The Nation reported on its Web site. The English-language daily said Wissanu, a legal expert, was speaking at a seminar on judicial affairs. Lt. -Gen. Palanggoon Klaharn, spokesman of the ruling military council told The Associated Press he had no information about the constitution. The council, formally known as the Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy, assumed all police, administrative and legislative powers after ousting Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra while he was abroad. It has promised to hand over power to an interim civilian prime minister within two weeks of its takeover, and hold an election by October next year. It is also commissioning the drafting a new permanent constitution.

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