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Thai parliament votes against second charter amendment draft

11-25-2010 16:07 BJT

BANGKOK, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Thai parliament on Thursday voted to reject a constitutional amendment draft sponsored by coalition partners other than the Democrat Party of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Parliament president Chai Chidchob announced that the joint sitting of the House of Representatives and Senate voted 177 to 148 against the draft sponsored by 102 House members.

Abstentions amounted to 212. Abhisit's Democrat Party did not endorse this draft and therefore, its members abstained.

This draft, the second in order for Thursday's voting, sought to change the current multi-seat constituency system to a single- seat one, but did not want to change the number or composition of the House MPs.

Earlier in the day, the parliament voted against a separate constitutional amendment draft sponsored by the anti-government red-shirt movement.

There will be two more constitutional amendment drafts sponsored by the Abhisit government that are awaiting a voting on Thursday.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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