Taken from an article called “Section 2 of charter change passed” that was published via bangkokpost online on 28 September 2013.
The joint sitting of parliament on Saturday approved Section 2 of the constitutional amendment bill on the makeup of the Senate after the opposition Democrat Party boycotted the final third-reading vote. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra now faces the difficult decision of whether to submit the bill for royal endorsement or wait until the Constitution Court rules on an opposition challenge.
The coalition MPs and senators remaining in the House after the Democrats’ walkout approved the amendment by a vote of 358-2 with 30 abstentions. The opposition says the bill, which authorises the election of all 200 senators, makes major changes to the state’s structure and is likely to affect the balance of power among the legislative, executive and judicial branches and independent organisations.