Meeting to discuss ministries' duties under new charter

A meeting of the permanent secretaries of all ministries will be held at Government House tomorrow to discuss their responsibilites under the new constitution, which will take effect from April 6, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Kreangam said on Tuesday.

Mr Wissanu said some work procedures will be different from the previous charters.

For instance, there are changes to the way new legislation is proposed. There are also more  administrative procedures that must be handled carefully, he said.

He said the cabinet will also have to follow new work procedures.

Once the  charter is in effect, the government will push for the completion of the draft law on plans and steps for national reform and the draft law on national strategies, and forward them to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) because they must be passed into law within 120 days.

At the same time, the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) is required to finish the drafting of the 10 organic laws within 240 days and forward them to the NLA for deliberation.   

A general election will come sooner if the four organic laws relating to elections are passed by the NLA before the 240-day timeframe.  They are the laws on the election of members of parliament, the composition of the senate, the election commission and the political parties.

Asked which part of next year a general election could be expected, Mr Wissanu said he could not tell when exactly when. It depended on the passage of the election-related organic laws.

Asked about reports that some members of the NLA and the National Reform Steering Assembly would resign and run in the election, Mr Wissanu said they would have to do so within 90 days of the promulgation of the new charter.

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