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UPDATED: 18:58, December 12, 2006
Few military officers expected to take part in Thailand's constitution drafting: report
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All 1,982 members of Thailand's newly-appointed National People's Assembly (NPA) are expected to meet for the first time during Dec. 17-19 to proceed with the task of selecting constitution drafters out of themselves, while few military officers were expected to take part in the drafting, Thai News Agency reported Tuesday.

Only one or two top brass out of 10 military officers who have been appointed members of NPA are expected to be finally selected and be seated as members of 100-strong Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA), a high ranking army officer said Tuesday.

Inspector General Gen. Lertrat Rattanavanich said after registering as a NPA member that he believed only one or two military officers would be voted and chosen as CDA members.

He noted that the presence of less than a dozen military officers in the NPA is not out of proportion to the total number of 1,982 members.

"The 1997 Constitution contains more than 300 articles, but only 10 of them are concerned with national security and people's safety," Lertrat said. "I think not all the 10 (military in the NPA) members would be chosen for the CDA."

National Legislative Assembly Speaker Meechai Ruchuphan said on Monday that the newly appointed NPA members are expected to meet for the first time during December 17-19.

Many NPA members registered on Monday, including some seen to be distributing pamphlets publicizing themselves to their colleagues in bids to win votes as CDA members.

According to the procedures, the names of the selected 200 members of NPA will be forwarded to the military Council for National Security which would then shortlist 100 to finally sit on the CDA.

Source: Xinhua

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