DPM Wissanu discusses expected end of terms of Five Rivers

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BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 – The deputy prime minister in charge of legal affairs has discussed the expected end of term of all “Fiver Rivers”.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam said that the terms of all the Five Rivers, including the National Council for Peace and Order, the National Legislative Assembly, the National Reform Council, the Cabinet and the Constitution Drafting Committee will come or near to an end after the draft charter gets an approval from the NRC and the public referendum.

According to Mr. Wissanu, if the draft of the new Constitution is put to use and the next election is scheduled, it means Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is also the chief of the NCPO, will remain in office only until the new Cabinet is set up and completes the swearing-in process.

For the NRC, its term will end when all reform council members vote to accept or reject the draft charter, after which a new council tasked with the driving forward of the national reform process will be set up and work until the first session of the new Parliament takes place Mr. Wissanu said.

He added that the NLA will remain in office to perform the duties of the Upper House until the senate election is completed, while the CDC will also be working until the first day of a new parliamentary session.