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Thailand Constitution Draft Rejected

Thailand’s military rulers have rejected a controversial new constitution drafted by an appointed council following last year’s coup.

Now a new committee will be appointed to write another draft. This delays elections further.

The constitution draft has been criticized widely. The focus of this has been a clause permitting a 23-member panel to take over the government during a “national crisis”.

The army ousted the elected government after months of political unrest.

The 247-member National Reform Council rejected the draft by 135 votes to 105 with 7 abstentions.

According to the BBC, the draft met strong opposition on almost all sides of the political divide.

The new committee will have 180 days to write a new draft, which will later be put to a national referendum.