Bangkok, April 7: An essential step has been taken by the Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn who signed a new Constitution on Thursday in Bangkok for holding an election that the military government has promised to restore democracy after a 2014 revolution.King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed the document, giving it royal endorsement and setting in motion a process for Thailand’s next general election, expected late next year which was telecasted in their country. Thailand’s long-awaited Constitution at a referendum was approved last year and changes were made in the month of January. The new Constitution signed by Thailand king paves the way for a return to democracy but still gives the army an influential role in politics.
On behalf of the King, an officer with the Royal Scribes Bureau said “The Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand is promulgated”. “May the Thai people be united in following and protecting the Constitution to maintain democracy and their sovereignty”, he added.
One of the changes was to allow the king to travel abroad without appointing a regent and other changes made by the government and the military-appointed assembly at the request of the Palace had not yet been made public.
“The changes affect only the king and do not impact on people’s rights”, said Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha. The Constitution will become law once it is published in the Royal Gazette.
The interim government has pledged to hold the election by the end of this year. But the vote is likely to be put off to next year due to a delay caused by the revision work.