Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/THAILAND – Parliament postpones the vote for change: the protest of young people does not stop
Bangkok – Thailand is enveloped in social and political tensions that involve, in a special way, the world of young people and that could determine a new state structure and therefore the future of the country. Yesterday, Parliament examined and debated six motions with amendments to the Constitutional Charter, in response to student protests that have been crossing the streets of the capital and several other cities for months. The last one, on Saturday 19 September, saw over ten thousand demonstrators take to the streets, joined, for the first time, also by parliamentarians from opposition parties and citizens, not only young people. However, yesterday Parliament postponed the vote: 431 parliamentarians and senators chose to delay the vote; 255 opposed who chose to leave and joined a few thousand protesters crowded in front of the legislative assembly building. Among the amendments, the one formulated by the parties that form the governing coalition proposed that the first two chapters of the Charter should not be touched. The opposition, led by the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties, instead wants not only that the two chapters to be subject to revision, but that a reform of the Senate, currently not elected but chosen by the Armed Forces, to be voted on. In the meantime, an “ad hoc committee” has been formed, but the opposition deputies have chosen not to participate: it consists of 31 parliamentarians – including 15 senators – who belong to the parties of the coalition that supports the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha.