23 June 2017

News Story: Thai legislative body passes national strategy, reform bills

BANGKOK, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Thursday unanimously passed legislation on a 20-year national strategy and a bill on national reform.

The NLA approved the national strategy bill, for which a National Strategy Commission is to be set up and chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Those, who will sit on the National Strategy Commission, include the army chief, navy chief, air force chief, police chief, the Defense Ministry undersecretary, the Armed Forces supreme commander, the National Economic and Social Development Board secretary general, the National Security Council secretary general, the Thai Chamber of Commerce chairman, the Federation of Thai Industries chairman, the Tourism Council of Thailand chairman and the Thai Bankers Association chairman.

Future governments will be legally obliged to follow the national strategy in the next 20 years, according to the bill drafted by the ruling National Council for Peace and Order.

Read the full story at Xinhua


PacificSentinel: A grab for more power by the illegal thai government that came to power via a military coup, while being forced to hold elections that will replace the current coup government with an elected one, they obviously want to place vast restrictions on that elected government for decades to come, and retain behind-the-scenes military control of the country, as evident by the make up of the "National Strategy Commission" being military/security top heavy. Yet another sad day for Asian Democracy.