Thai voters approve new constitution

By Anya Palm

When Thai voters went to the polls yesterday a majority of the electorate decided to vote yes to a new constitution, which an appointed committee has spent the past two years writing.

According to the government the constitution is a crucial part of the current military government´s “road map” to delivering genuine democracy in Thailand and with the suggested constitution now approved, authorities say Thailand could hold a general election as soon as next year.

However, critics have remarked that the new constitution seems to be laden with provisions that give the military a large margin to operate in, even when an elected Parliament officially takes over.