Thai parliament agrees to amend charter on foreign agreements

19:17, January 25, 2011      

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The Thai parliament on Tuesday voted to agree on amending the constitution to better classify the various types of bilateral and multi-lateral agreements that will need approval from the parliament.

Parliament President Chai Chidchob announced that the joint sitting of the House of Representatives and Senate voted 343 to 205 to amend Section 190 of the constitution, the current wording of which requires the government to request approval from the bicameral parliament for almost all of agreements it will enter into with a foreign nation.

Under the planned amendments approved in this current second reading, a separate piece of legislation will have to be enacted to classify the types of bilateral and multi-lateral agreements the Thai government would need approval from the parliament.

However, the amendments to Section 190 will become law only after the joint sitting votes in a third and final reading, which will take place in two weeks.

The parliament is still deliberating another set of proposed amendments to change the electoral system of the House members.

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