King grants interim constitution


PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 22 July 2014 – His Majesty the King on July 22nd granted an audience to General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Head of the National Council for Peace and Order, to grant him the Provisional Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand B.E. 2557. 

General Prayuth was accompanied on this occasion at Klai Kangwon Palace by Mr. Ampon Kitti-ampon, the Cabinet Secretary-General, and Colonel Natthawut Pasuwanitchayapong of the joint military command.

The provisional constitution, after being signed by His Majesty the King, was published in the Royal Gazette this evening (July 22), making it effective immediately.

The 17-page interim constitution contains 48 sections. Section 6 stipulates the formation of the National Legislative Assembly which will have 220 members. Section 19 stipulates that the Prime Minister and a ministerial council of no more than 35 members will be appointed by the King at the recommendations of the National Legislative Assembly. A National Reform Council will also be set up under Section 28, having no more than 250 members.

Section 42 designates the NCPO to maintain its power and duties as stipulated by the constitution.