Regime urged to respect new charter

Section 44 seen as threat to democracy

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and (in background) party adviser Banyat Banthadtan make merit as they celebrate the party's 71st anniversary at its headquarters in Bangkok's Phaya Thai district Thursday. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Firebrand politician Watana Muangsook, of the Pheu Thai Party, has urged the regime to refrain from using its supreme power under Section 44 of the interim charter after a new constitution was signed Thursday.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn's signing of the new charter is a key prelude to holding a general election to restore democratic rule after the military government's 2014 coup.

The former commerce minister said that once the new charter is enforced, the incumbent government will serve mostly as a caretaker entity.

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