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Thai Red Shirts gather to push ahead constitutional amendments

12-29-2011 17:07 BJT

BANGKOK, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- About 100 Red Shirts from the northern Chiang Mai Province gathered at the Thai parliament to push ahead with constitutional amendments on Thursday.

Led by the ruling Pheu Thai Party's lawmaker and the party- allied senator, the group expressed intention to the House of Representatives to gather at least 50,000 signatures to back up the constitutional amendment proposal.

They submitted a letter to Wisut Chainarun, the second deputy House speaker, officially declaring their stance to revamp Section 291 of the Constitution to make way for the establishment of a Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA).

Under the proposal, the CDA would have 101 members - 77 elected by people from each of the 77 provinces and 24 academics from three different fields.

The amendment draft and signatures would be submitted to the parliament president by Feb. 1 next year, they said.

Constitutional amendment was part of election campaign promised by Pheu Thai Party and widely supported by the Red Shirts, who are not satisfied with the 2007 Constitution drafted and invoked by the military regime.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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