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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s greatest opposition get together on Thursday stated it might search a court docket ruling to cease an effort by pro-administration lawmakers to alter the electoral system, calling it an unconstitutional transfer to favour the federal government.
The Pheu Thai get together’s problem comes as Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first got here to energy in a 2014 coup, nears the tip of his time period, with an election due by Could subsequent yr.
Pheu Thai believes a sophisticated re-jig of the principles sought by pro-government lawmakers is designed to work in opposition to huge events and favour the smaller ones with which former military chief Prayuth has constructed his 17-party coalition.
Legislators late on Wednesday authorised at second studying a plan to alter the strategy used to calculate get together listing seat allocations whereas rejecting one other proposal favored by the opposition bloc.
A 3rd studying and royal approval continues to be required.
“The vote yesterday exhibits how Basic Prayuth needs to stay in energy through the use of the electoral system as his software,” Pheu Thai secretary-general Prasert Chantararuangthong stated, confirming a plan to take the difficulty to the constitutional court docket.
Authorities spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana stated the adjustments sought by lawmakers mirrored the bulk voice in parliament and had nothing to do with Prayuth or his administration.
Pheu Thai was the ruling get together that Prayuth ousted eight years in the past in his coup in opposition to then Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
The get together is the latest incarnation of a populist political juggernaut based by the billionaire Shinawatra household, which has gained 5 common elections, two in landslides previously 20 years.
The structure was amended final yr to alter a voting system that had helped then junta chief Prayuth stay in energy after the 2019 election, regardless of his Palang Pracharat get together being crushed by Pheu Thai.
“This may produce comparable outcomes to the 2019 election the place smaller events gained seats with few votes,” stated Stithorn Thananithichot, an analyst on the King Prajadhipok Institute.
(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Enhancing by Martin Petty)
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