Majority of Thais Approve New Constitution Draft

Bangkok, – The Election Commission of Thailand reported that the country’s new Constitution draft has been approved by the majority of eligible voters.

The official result will be known by August 10, state news agency (TNA) reported Monday.

The new draft constitution was written by an army-appointed committee. The military threw out the old constitution when it took power in 2014, after months of political instability and sporadic violence.

Supporters of the new document say it will restore stability, but critics say it will entrench military control.

Voters also supported a second measure on the ballot, which proposes that the appointed senate should be involved in selecting a prime minister.

Turnout was about 55%, the election commission said, well below its target figure of 80%.

Source: Qatar News Agency