Junta leader to amend constitution as King Rama X requested

The junta leader has announced that King Vajiralongkorn has asked for certain amendments of the constitution about the authorities of the King.

On 10 January 2016, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, announced that the King through his privy council requested for certain charges in the constitution, which was approved by the public referendum last year.

The junta leader said that he would use absolute power stated under Section 44 of the Interim Charter to change the interim constitution in order to pave the way for the amendment of the new constitution.    

Wassana Nanuam, the Bangkok Post reporter, tweeted that the sections which the King requested for amendments are related to the authorities of the nation’s monarch.

Earlier, a Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam told media that the constitution could be terminated if the King does not endorse within 90 days after it was submitted for his approval. 

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