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Background[ edit ] The government of Yingluck came to power in the electionsin which her Pheu Thai Party won an outright majority. Yingluck is a sister of former prime minister Thaksin, and the Pheu Thai Party is closely aligned with him.
Most of these were popularly perceived as benefiting Thaksin, and were opposed by the Democrat Party. In Augustthe Pheu Thai-majority House approved a first reading of a draft amnesty bill. The committee passed a revised draft of the bill on 18 October This would have included the corruption charges laid against Thaksin during the coup, as well as the murder charges against Abhisit and Suthep over their conduct of the mass protests in support of Thaksin.
Timeline of the events[ edit ] This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience.
Please help by spinning off or relocating any relevant information, and removing excessive detail that may be against Wikipedia's inclusion policy. Thaksin supporters criticised the bill for absolving those responsible for the crackdown on the protests.
On 4 Novemberseveral protests took place in Bangkok, as well as in several provincial cities. Several universities and organisations issued statements condemning the bill. However, an independent poll conducted between 11—13 November reported that the majority of surveyed Thai people wanted the protests to end.
Procedurally, the House could not recall the bill after voting; the decision lay with the Senate. Pheu Thai Party leaders also promised not to revive the bill, or any other amnesty bills, if it was rejected by the Senate. The Senate subsequently voted on the bill on 11 Novemberunanimously rejecting it.
Despite the amnesty bill being dropped, protests in Bangkok continued. Suthep and eight other Democrat members of parliament resigned from their positions to lead demonstrations, calling for the general populace to strike and undertake civil disobedience.
Constitutional Court Decision No. The major alteration would have been the restoration of a fully elected Senate. The court ruled that the final draft voted on by the National Assembly was not the same as the one originally considered, and the new draft was brought to the sessions without an introductory motion.
The court also decided that the time limit for amending the draft which left only one day for the filing of amendments was unlawful, and many MPs were found to have voted on behalf of absent MPs. With regard to the contents, the court said the amendment would have allowed the relatives of the representatives to become senators, weakening the ability of the Senate to scrutinise the House of Representatives.
The court also held that the conversion of the Senate into a fully elected chamber would destroy the bicameral system. It is an attempt to draw the Nation back into the canal, as it would bring the Senate back to the state of being an assembly of relatives, assembly of family members and assembly of husbands and wives.
In consequence, the Senate would lose its status and vigour as the source of wisdom for the House of Representatives, but would merely be an echo of the people from the same group. The principles of the bicameral system would be debased, leading to the monopoly of state powers and the exclusion of the participation of the members of various sectors and professions.
The amendment is thus an effort of its initiators to regain the national government power by the means not recognised by the Constitution [ Some legal scholars argued that the court could not interfere with the constitutional amendment, as the National Assembly was not exercising the legislative powerbut the constituent power which is not subject to the system of checks and balances between the three branches.
Protest leaders claimed up to a million people joined the rally. The UDD-led Red Shirts, who had reconciled with the government after the amnesty bill was dropped and had been rallying its supporters at Rajamangala Stadium prior to the court decision, also resumed their counter-protest, with about 40, supporters arriving on 24 November.
However, others from the upper and lower houses were found to be in violation of Thai law. The announcement was only based on a preliminary investigation, but if the members were officially found guilty by the commission, they could be banned from politics for five years by the upper house of the National Assembly, which would make the final decision on their cases.
However, no direct confrontations between the protesters and security authorities occurred. The protesters continued on 27 November by rallying outside another ten ministry offices, cutting off electricity and forcing the evacuation of the Department of Special Investigation 's headquarters, and staging a sit-in at the Chaeng Watthana Government Complex.
Protesters also rallied at twenty-four provincial halls, mainly in the south, a traditional Democrat Party base of support. University students attacked a taxi containing a red shirt supporter.Russia Table of Contents.
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