Monday, August 13, 2007

Thais to vote on a new Constitution

On August 20 Thais will vote on a new draft Constitution. To increase voter turnout, the day will be a national holiday. But there is concern about the vote. The government hasn't allowed a fair debate on the issue and those who oppose the constitution have been silenced.

And what of the constitution itself? The biggest problem seems to be that it puts too much power in the hands of an unelected judiciary. Bangkok Pundit has even coined a term -- judiocracy -- to describe this exotic Thai novelty.

Stars and Stripes blogger discusses the constitution here.

Update: A Thai reader writes that the vote is actually going to be held on 19 August.