Constitution Court asked to determine legality of charter amendment

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BANGKOK, Oct 4 – Parliament Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont has sought a decision from the Constitution Court on the legality of the composition of the Senate, as ruled in the charter amendment.

The bill on the charter amendment was passed by Parliament and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has submitted it to His Majesty the King for royal endorsement.

A group of legislators earlier called for an injunction to block the parliamentary passage of the charter amendment, concerning the clause which calls for total elections of all 200 senators, instead of the present system of some being appointed.

Mr Somsak asked the Constitution Court to decide if the charter amendment as it concerns the composition of the Senate is in breach of the Constitution, as charged by the opposing legislators.