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Analyst on Thai charter referendum

CNC
Added On August 17, 2016

Turning to the aftermath of Thailand's charter referendum.
 
Right after the August 7 referendum, a series of bomb blasts have rocked seven provinces in the country, killing 4 and injuring over 30.
 
Thai police has announced that the explosions may have links with referendum opponents.
 
In an exclusive interview, CNC World talked to a political analyst on this new political chapter of Thailand. Take a listen.
 
Professor Kitti Prasirtsuk said that the new Charter would give more power to the military with its own selected senators and a Prime Minister.
 
Soundbite(English) : Professor Kitti Prasirtsuk, Political Analyst, Political Science, Thammasat University
"The Constituion allows selected senators not coming from the election, to have more say in the administration of the country, that selection includes the choice of the Prime Minister."
 
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan Ocha on Tuesday left for Malaysia to seek advice from his counterpart Najib Razak.
 
Earlier, Malaysia's national news agency Bernama reported that Thai authorities had sought help from Malaysian officials to track a mobile phone used in the Thai bomb attack in Phuket last Friday as the phone was said to have come from Malaysia.
 
The Thai military has yet so far arrested suspects with substantial links to the recent bombings.
 
On national television, Prime Minister Prayut asked for calm as his Government needs to pave way for a stable election by the end of 2017.
 
Soundbite(Thai) : Gen Prayut Chan-Ocha, Thai Prime Minister
"The general election will be held from a year from now. In the meantime, the government and the Thai people have the responsibility to work together to maintain peacefulness and carry on with national development. Another crucial task for our country is to undergo reforms."
 
But with the military still in power now, how stable can the Kingdom of Thailand be with the enforcement of the new Constitution.
 
Soundbite(English) : Professor Kitti Prasirtsuk, Political Analyst, Political Science, Thammasat University
"So what factor would lead to the stability of the country? I think it depends on the military or how the senators are selected and how their power is allocated."
 
It won't be an easy task for General Prayut and his team to make all happy, as the new Constitution will see power and authority shift away from elected representatives to appointed agencies and individuals, and they may include the military.