CDC retains provision allowing for unelected Prime Minister

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BANGKOK, 10 July 2015 – The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has finalized its revision of 202 sections in the new constitution and is in the process of discussing Chapter 5, regarding finance and budget.

The charter drafters retained the selection process of the Prime Minister with two possible scenarios. An individual may assume the premiership if he or she is a Member of Parliament (MP) with a majority vote from the lower house, or a non-MP with a two-thirds or supermajority vote from the lower house.

The CDC struck out the provision that requires the Senate to vet the qualifications of Cabinet members. They also revised Section 184 to stipulate that if more than half of the Cabinet were to resign, then the deputy ministers of the associated ministries would take their places.