Constitution of Thailand

Bid to change Thailand's military-backed constitution faces legal fight

Soldiers shoot rubber bullets at protesters in 2010. Photo: AFP

Thai lawmakers moved to change parts of a military-backed constitution after the country's highest court agreed to hear a case that may block them from doing so, signalling a renewed round of political tension.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 3:40am

This is not a route to democracy

The return of veteran rural affairs leader Lau Wong-fat to head Tuen Mun District Council has made a mockery of our democratic elections. His decades-long ties with the council should have been severed after he lost his ex officio seat due to a change that prevents chairmen of the lower-tier rural committees from serving more than two terms.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Recruiting of political appointees was transparent, Henry Tang says

The government's recruiting of undersecretaries and political assistants had been highly transparent, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen told lawmakers yesterday.

He rejected pan-democrats' criticism that it had been a 'black-box operation'.

21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Battle to reclaim Thai constitution

What might turn out to be the final engagement in the battle for supremacy in Thailand's politics is now taking shape. The elected government has outlined plans for a wholesale rewrite of the junta's constitution, which was crafted to preserve some power for the army and curb the politicians.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Row over official spurs debate on the monarchy

A political impasse over the replacement of Thailand's auditor-general, who is refusing to step down, has stirred debate over the powers of the nation's revered monarchy.

Last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that the selection of Khunying Jaruvan Maintaka as auditor-general in 2003 was illegal because the Senate had failed to consider other candidates.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Fight for set number of appointees

The pro-democracy camp is to launch a campaign urging Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to appoint a minimum number of district councillors.

The move comes after legal advice indicated that the chief executive needed only name two members to each of the 18 councils.

27 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

New-look police force clings to rough old ways

They may have a new name and a liberal new charter to defend but the Royal Thai Police are clinging to their rough old ways.

Academics, activists and even senior officers themselves fear suspects' rights are routinely trampled on despite efforts to uphold Thailand's much-vaunted new constitution.

31 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

New rulers bring back police crusader for anti-graft drive

One of the country's crusading police chiefs has been plucked from relative obscurity to return to power under Democrat Party rule amid widespread hopes of a new anti-corruption drive.

The appointment of Lieutenant-General Seri Temiyavej to the head of the Central Investigation Bureau comes despite widespread opposition among some senior officers.

27 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Stricter rules for police in charter

Once famed as the best police 'money could buy', Thailand's force faces stiff new operating procedures under the country's sweeping new constitution.

Political commentators said human rights provisions in the charter had received far less attention than those to beat political corruption but would soon show themselves as a key early test of its strength.

15 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Law draft delayed

Laws to improve the well-being of the mentally handicapped will not be ready for Legislative Council scrutiny before the end of this legislative year. Officials said drafting had proved to be more complicated than anticipated.

4 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Order approved

BANGKOK: Thailand's cabinet approved an order abolishing the office of the former military junta that seized power in a 1991 coup.


13 Jan 1993 - 12:00am